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Department Renamed as ‘World Airports’

The Los Angeles Department of Airports announced Tuesday that it is changing its name to Los Angeles World Airports. But don’t worry: Los Angeles International Airport will continue to be known as LAX, the identifying letters assigned to it by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The new name of the department is meant to signify not only that it serves the world, but also that LAX and its three other airports--Ontario, Van Nuys and Palmdale--directly or indirectly serve international passengers.

Referring to the Department of Airports’ old acronym, Los Angeles Airport Commission President Dan Garcia quipped: “It is time for us to get those Dead on Arrival or DOA jokes out of us. We are the third-busiest passenger airport in the world and the second-busiest in air cargo in the world. You add the other airports and you can understand why we’re calling it Los Angeles World Airports.”

The name change also reflects LAX’s growing global role. The airport has outlined a master plan that will accommodate 93 million passengers by 2015.

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“We really want to look to the world as our theme,” said John J. Driscoll, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports.


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