Soaring Raptor for L.A. County Flag
This flag design was proposed by Ricardo Tomasz. It’s designed to represent California Raptors and incorporates the blue of the Los Angeles County flag. It symbolizes the spirit of Los Angeles County flying high against the sky, experiencing the freedom of the clouds. The three golden circles represent the three major airports of Los Angeles county: Long Beach Municipal Airport in Long Beach; Bob Hope Airport in Burbank; and and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), located in the Westchester district. The Raptor symbol also incorporates European flag designs such as Albania, Austria, and Spain.
Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX) is the largest and busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the state of California, the second busiest airport in the United States, as well as one of the largest international airports in the world. It is the only airport in the world to serve as a hub for five major airlines.
Los Angeles Airport is most often referred to by its IATA airport code (and FAA LID) LAX, with the letters pronounced individually.
LAX is in the southwestern Los Angeles area along the Pacific Ocean between the neighborhood of Westchester to its immediate north, the city of El Segundo to its immediate south and the city of Inglewood its immediate east. It is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, an agency of the government of Los Angeles, formerly known as the Department of Airports.
In 2016, LAX handled 80,921,527 passengers, an increase of 8% from the previous year, making it the world’s fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic, and country’s third busiest after O’Hare in Chicago and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. The airport holds the claim for “the world’s busiest origin and destination (O & D) airport,” and has for many years.
Relative to other airports, many more travelers begin or end their trips in Los Angeles than use it as a connection. The airportalso was the world’s third busiest 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 Hollywood Burbank Airport, John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport, and Ontario International Airport, also serve the region. It is also notable for being one of the few U.S. airports with four parallel runways. LAX covers 3,500 acres (1,416 ha) of land.
LAX serves as a hub for Alaska Airlines (which purchased Virgin America in 2016), American Airlines, Delta Air Lines,Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. The airport serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Spirit Airlines, and Volaris. LAX serves as either a hub or focus city for more Mainline US Carriers than any other airport in the U.S.
As the largest and busiest international airport on the U.S. West Coast, LAX is a major gateway to and from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania. With its deep connections to Asia and Latin America in particular, LAX is also considered to be the premier gateway to the Pacific Rim.
Why Flags Matter
Why Los Angeles Needs A New Flag
As was stated in the recent online petition:
There is no doubt that we are one of the greatest, most influential cities in the world. Wired Magazine recently named us the “#1 City of Tomorrow,” and even the New York Times admitted, “Los Angeles is enjoying a renaissance with a burgeoning art, fashion and food scene that has become irresistible to the culturally attuned.” But the one thing we’re missing, the one thing every great city deserves, is a great flag. Our current flag is neither recognizable, nor symbolic, nor representative of us, as a city or as Angelenos. Most people don’t even know it, and because they don’t know it, they don’t fly it.
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