Editor's note: We're seeing reports of a partial evacuation in Terminal 8 in the Los Angeles International Airport due to a security issue, possibly involving an unattended item in a bathroom. We'll continue to follow and update accordingly. - Jimmy
Phoned-in bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport prompts evacuation of baggage claim curbside terminals 3-6, airport police say; passengers directed to upper level; Bomb Squad on scene - @LAAirportPD
Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX) is the primary airport serving the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. It is most often referred to by its IATA airport code LAX, with the letters pronounced individually. LAX is located in the southwestern Los Angeles area along the Pacific Ocean between the neighborhood of Westchester to its immediate north and the city of El Segundo to its immediate south. It is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, an agency of the Los Angeles city government formerly known as the Department of Airports.
In 2014, LAX handled 70,622,212 passengers, far exceeding a previous record of 67.3 million travelers set in 2000. The airport holds the claim for "the world's busiest origin and destination (O & D) airport" in 2011, meaning it had the most non-connecting passengers. The airport also was the third busiest in the world by aircraft movements. It is also the only airport to rank among the top five U.S. airports for both passenger and cargo traffic.
While LAX is the busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, other airports, including Bob Hope Airport, John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport, and LA/Ontario International Airport, also serve the region. It is also notable for being one of few U.S. airports with four parallel runways.
LAX serves as a hub for American Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, and Virgin America. The airport also serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, and Volaris. LAX serves as either a hub or focus city for more airlines than any other airport in the United States. LAX, along with Miami International Airport are the only two US airports that are a hub/focus city for an airline that primarily serves a different country.
LAX serves as one of the main airports for connections between Europe and several island countries In the Pacific Ocean including Fiji, New Zealand and Tahiti.