Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
The Los Angeles International Airport, commonly referred to as LAX, is one of the busiest airports in the United States.
As far as the West Coast of the United States goes, the Los Angeles International Airport (built in 1928) is the biggest and busiest airport serving the region. As of 2015, nearly 75 million people traveled through LAX, making it the seventh busiest airport in the world. This is perhaps, in part, due to the renowned Tom Bradley International Terminal, the tastefully designed and ever-welcoming focal point for all incoming international travelers.
While LAX is by and large the most popular "Origin and Destination" airport in the region, the Greater Los Angeles area has other airports as well -- including Burbank's petite-but-efficient Bob Hope Airport, Orange County's John Wayne Airport (popular with Disneyland tourists), and the modest, laidback Long Beach Airport beloved by locals and travelers who want to avoid crowds.
While most people refer to Los Angeles International Airport simply as "LAX," the "X" in the acronym remains a mystery for many. As it turns out, the "X" means nothing. It was arbitrarily assigned in 1947 to keep up with changing times, as three-letter codes for airports became the trend.
A notable event in LAX's more recent history took place on September 21, 2012, when approximately 10,000 people watched a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft land on the tarmac with the historic Space Shuttle Endeavour on its back. A major interstate freeway and some highways adjacent to the airport were at a standstill as drivers became spectators to the once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Millions of people also watched the landing on television as the Los Angeles International Airport welcomed the retired orbiter to the sunny West Coast.