February 26, 2021 to May 5, 2021


LAX will temporarily close the south outboard runway (25L/7R) for approximately 68 days starting February 26th at 1 PM for runway rehabilitation. This runway is expected to reopen on May 5th.


Persons living near LAX may notice a change in aircraft flight activity and noise during this temporary closure as aircraft that normally land on the south outboard runway (25L/7R) will instead land on the south inboard runway (25R/7L). In addition, some aircraft operations may shift from the south to the north runway complex.


Furthermore, the FAA may delay commencing Over-Ocean Operations at LAX during this closure due to the limited runway availability for Aircraft Design Group VI (B747-800 and A380) aircraft, which can primarily depart on two runways, 25L/7R and 24L/6R, at LAX due to their large size. The closure of Runway 25L/7R on the south complex previously required FAA to deviate from Over-Ocean Operations to avoid a conflict with aircraft arrivals and Aircraft Design Group VI aircraft departures on the north runway complex. 


The FAA approved a Modification of Standards (MoS) in 2019 to allow the B747-800 to depart on Runway 25R/7L on the south complex thereby minimizing the need to deviate from Over-Ocean Operations whenever Runway 25L/7R is closed. 


However, the MoS does not apply to the A380 due to its very long wingspan. Since a few A380 departures may take place from 12 AM to 1 AM, a potential delay in commencing Over-Ocean Operations may occur during this 68-day closure to allow A380 aircraft (if any) to take off from the north runway complex before commencing Over-Ocean traffic flow.


Thank you for your understanding and patience during this circumstance.



Expected Daytime Traffic Flow during 25L Closure

Westerly Operations
6:30 AM - 11:59 PM

Expected Nighttime Traffic Flow during 25L Closure

Over-Ocean Operations

12 AM – 6:30 AM



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This notice is part of Los Angeles World Airports’ effort to notify communities of temporary changes in aircraft operations and associated noise that may affect their areas.

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