Angeles International Airport (IATA:
LAX, ICAO: KLAX), is the primary airport
serving Los Angeles, California. It
is generally referred to by Californians
simply as "LAX" (with the
letters pronounced individually).
LAX handles more "origin and
destination" (i.e. not connecting)
passengers than any other airport
in the world. It is the world's fifth-busiest
airport by passenger traffic and sixth-busiest
by cargo traffic, serving some 60
million passengers and more than 2
million tons of freight in 2004. It
is the third-busiest airport by passenger
traffic in the United States. In terms
of international passengers, LAX is
the second-busiest in the U.S. (behind
only JFK International Airport in
New York City), but only 20th worldwide.
Before 9/11 it was the third busiest
airport in the world. It is a major
hub for United Airlines.