USA Today: LAX is among most challenging airports for controllers


LAX is among the most challenging for air traffic controllers, according to a USA Today report. Above, a LAX simulator used by controllers.

Los Angeles International Airport is among the most challenging in the United States for air traffic controllers, one controller told USA Today.

The major issue, which I hear all the time, is the relatively small footprint of the airport. The entire airport is about 3,400 acres. That’s 10 percent of the space at Denver International Airport, which takes up a remarkable 35,000 acres. And Denver actually processes fewer annual passengers than LAX.¬†

Here’s what the USA Today expert had to say about LAX:

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) ground control position is the most challenging in the United States. This is because the airport has space restrictions for aircraft larger than a Boeing 737 or Airbus 320. LAX controllers work more aircraft per square acre, per year, than controllers at any other airport. When an Airbus A380 lands, the airport practically comes to a halt on the side on which the aircraft has landed due to the close proximity of the taxiways

What are the other most challenging airports and airspaces for controllers? Read the USA Today article to find out.

Also, a few months ago, I visited the LAX tower and wrote two posts. You can find them here and here.

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