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 south-western Los Angeles along the Pacific coast in the neighbourhood of Westchester, 16 miles (26 km) from the downtown core and is the primary airport of Los Angeles World Airports(LAWA), an agency of the Los Angeles city government formerly known as the Department of Airports. In 2011, LAX was the sixth busiest airport in the world after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and Tokyo Haneda International Airport with 61,862,052 passengers. The airport holds the claim for "the world's busiest origin and destination (O & D) airport" in 2011 that involves non-connecting passenger traffic. It is also the only airport to rank among the top five U.S. airports for both passenger and cargo traffic. LAX is the busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, but other airports including Bob Hope Airport, John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport, LA/Ontario International Airport, and Palm Springs International Airport also serve the region. LAX is also the busiest airport in California and the West Coast of the United States in terms of flight operations, passenger traffic and air cargo activity, leading it to be referred to as the Gateway to the Pacific Rim. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the third busiest airport in the United States. United Airlines/United Express operates the most departures from the airport followed by American Airlines/American Eagle and Southwest Airlines. United also operates to the most destinations, followed by American and Alaska Airlines/Horizon. Qantas operates the most trans-Pacific destinations with nonstop service to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. Lufthansa serves the most destinations in Europe while Alaska Airlines serve the most destinations in Latin America. NextGen capabilities and enabling technologies implemented since 2009 include Airport Surface Detection Equipment - Model X (ASDE-X), Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Procedures, Basic Rerouting and Traffic Management Advisor.
II. CURRENT SITUATION
a) Current Performance
All the results reported are in Calendar Year (CY) or Fiscal Year (FY).
Performance Indicator (FY)| 2009| 2010| 2011| 2012|
Average Gate Arrival Delay
Minutes per FlightDuring Core Hours (7:00 – 21:59 local), the yearly average of the difference between the Actual Gate-In Time and the Scheduled Gate-In time for flights between the selected airport and any of the Aviation System Performance Metrics airports. The delay for each fiscal year is calculated based on the 0.5 - 99.5 percentile of the distributions for the year. Flights may depart outside Core Hours, but must arrive during them.| 0.3| -0.2| 3.2| 0.0| Average Gate to Gate Time
Minutes per FlightDuring Core Hours (7:00 – 21:59 local), the yearly average of the difference between the Actual Gate-In time at the selected airport and the Actual Gate-Out time at the origin (any Aviation System Performance Metrics airport). Flights may depart outside Core Hours, but must arrive during them.| 158.2| 158.4| 161.3| 166.0| Average Number of Level-offs Per Flight
Count per FlightThe count of instances when an arriving aircraft will maintain a single altitude during their descent to an airport averaged for the fiscal year.| | | 1.8| 1.8| Distance in Level Flight from Top of Descent to Runway Threshold Nautical Miles per FlightThe distance flown while maintaining a level altitude from when an aircraft begins its descent until it reaches the runway threshold, averaged for the fiscal year.| | | 20.8| 20.9| Taxi-In...