Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) ranked second among the nation’s 15 busiest airports in terms of the fewest delays experienced by its passengers on domestic arriving and departing flights, according to statistics released by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). Between July 2008 and June 2009, domestic departures were on schedule 84 percent of the time, with 82 percent of LAX flights making a timely arrival. Such a performance placed LAX behind only Detroit Metropolitan-Wayne County Airport among the nation’s busiest airports, with LAX ranking seventh among all U.S. passenger airports for departures and eighth in arrival performance.
The DOT defines a flight delay as one that occurs when a flight either arrives or departs 15 or more minutes than scheduled.
In 2008, LAX served 59.8 million passengers, the nation’s third busiest airport. Detroit, with 35.1 million passengers, holds the rank of 13th in the nation.