Van Nuys Airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world. With two parallel runways, Van Nuys Airport averages over 230,000 takeoffs and landings annually.
Many news, medical transport, and tour 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. The City of Los Angeles also has its maintenance hub at the airport, used for staging and maintaining LAPD and LADWP helicopters.