Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the main international airport serving Los Angeles and the surrounding metropolitan area in the U.S. state of California. LAX is located in the Westchester neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles, 18 miles southwest of Downtown Los Angeles. The airport is operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which is a branch of the Los Angeles city government. LAX covers 3,500 acres of land and has four parallel runways. In 2022, LAX handled 65,924,298 passengers, making it the world’s sixth-busiest airport.