Van Nuys Airport (IATA: VNY, ICAO: KVNY, FAA LID:
VNY) is a public airport located in Van Nuys in the San Fernando
Valley section of the city limits of Los Angeles, California, United
States. No major commercial airlines fly into this airport; it is used
by private, chartered, and small commercial aircraft. It is owned and
operated by Los Angeles World Airports.
Van Nuys Airport is currently the busiest general aviation airport in
the world (the second busiest being Phoenix Deer Valley Airport), and
the 25th busiest airport (in terms of takeoffs and landings) in the
world. With just two parallel runways, Van Nuys Airport handled 448,681
aircraft movements in 2005, averaging over 1,200 operations/day; in 2006
it handled 394,915 movements, nearly 1,100 per day. By comparison, Los
Angeles International Airport (with 4 runways and exceptional amounts of
commercial traffic) has roughly 1700 operations a day. The airport was
the world's busiest general aviation airport through 2005.
Hollywood celebrities, politicians, and business executives are known
to use this airport because it offers them convenience and anonymity.
The airport is also home to the Van Nuys FlyAway Bus service, which
provides non-stop bus service from the airport to Los Angeles
International Airport. This allows travelers to park their cars at Van
Nuys and not have to deal with driving to LAX or parking fees at LAX.
Most news helicopters from the Los Angeles area are based at Van Nuys
Airport. The Los Angeles City Fire Department operates its Air
Operations Unit at Van Nuys Airport.