Explaining Southern California's economy

LAX is a regional economic force. But it still needs major work

LAX Encounter restaurant

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LAX is a major economics force in the L.A. region. But will billions in renovations help it to maintain that status — and bring in more passengers?

Los Angeles International Airport is the sixth busiest air transportation hub in the world. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, it accounted for almost 300,000 jobs in L.A. county in 2011; generated more than $13 billion in labor income; promoted nearly $40 billion in economic output; and brought in $2.5 billion is state and local revenue.

LAX: the jewel in the crown of one of America's most dynamic economic regions!

Also, a facility in desperate need of fixing up. Back in April, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine ranked it the second-worst airport in the nation, behind New York's LaGuardia, where tattered memories of the Jet Set go to die. Here's the writeup:

LAX ranked at the bottom of most categories—that includes location (20th), check-in and security process (21st), impression of safety standards (22nd), baggage handling (20th), staff communication (21st), and terminal cleanliness (21st). Clearly, this worn-out airport is ready for a major Hollywood makeover.