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Los Angeles International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the state of California, as well as one of the largest international airports in the United States.It is most often referred to by its IATA airport code (and FAA LID) LAX, with the letters pronounced individually. LAX is in the southwestern Los Angeles area along the Pacific Ocean between the neighborhood of Westchester to its immediate north and the city of El Segundo to its immediate south.
LAX is a massive airport and one of the busiest in the world (In 2016, LAX handled 80,921,527 passengers, an increase of 8% from the previous year, making it the world's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic.) with nine terminals built in different eras in a variety of architectural styles, of which the common element is that they all seem cramped on the inside (that is, relative to the size and importance of the airport). Some terminals have been renovated recently and look relatively modern, while others are definitely showing their age. Most were built before the Transportation Security Administration implemented modern security checkpoints, which means the checkpoints were shoehorned into the existing buildings with very awkward results. Currently there is ongoing construction to modernize or upgrade several terminals and infrastructure in and around LAX which can result in changes to the locations of airline check-in desks, airline gate assignments, and bus/shuttle stops which may result in delays getting to and from the airport. See LAXisHappening.com for construction updates and for any such changes.
As the largest and busiest international airport on the U.S. West Coast, LAX is a major gateway to and from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania. With its deep connections to Asia and Latin America in particular, LAX is considered to be the premier "Gateway to the Pacific Rim."
Airlines & Destinations
LAX consistently ranks as one of the busiest airports in the world (ranking 7th in 2015), and services dozens of airlines offering flights to numerous cities across the country and around the world.
- Terminal 1 - There are fifteen gates at terminal 1, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation that is expected to be complete in 2018. This terminal services Southwest Airlines for domestic & International departures. Southwest Airlines international flights arrive at TBIT (Terminal B). Passengers connect from Terminal B to Terminal 1 by the "Airline Connections" or "A" shuttle bus on the public side.
- Terminal 2 - There are eleven gates at terminal 2, which primarily services Delta Airlines as well as a few foreign airlines that do not use the Tom Bradley International, including Aer Lingus, Aeroméxico, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet. Terminal 2 also holds the check-in facilities for Virgin Australia and Volaris (whose departures and arrivals are at TBIT).
- Terminal 3 - There are twelve gates at this terminal servicing Delta Airlines. Terminal 3 also has check-in facilities for Avianca, Copa, and Interjet (whose departures and arrivals are at TBIT).
- Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT or Terminal B) - This terminal, located between terminals 3 and 4, has eighteen gates and services most international flights on all other foreign flag carriers, as well as international flights for Southwest Airlines. It recently completed a $1.5 billion expansion that added gates, 150,000 ft2 of dining, retail, and lounge space, and significantly larger security, ticketing, and baggage areas.
- Terminal 4 - Terminal 4 has sixteen gates servicing American Airlines. There is an underground airside tunnel that connects Terminal 4 (Gate 44) to Terminals 5 and 6 and a bridge connecting Terminal 4 from behind the security screening stations (next to Gate 41) to Terminal B.
- Terminal 5 - Terminal 5 has fifteen gates which primarily service American Airlines and American Eagle, with other airlines using the terminal including Allegiant Air, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines. An airside shuttle bus connects to the remote American Eagle terminal from Gate 52.
- Terminal 6 - Terminal 6 has fourteen gates servicing Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Boutique Air, Great Lakes Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, Virgin America, and XL Airways France. Ethiopian Airlines check in and departure are at Terminal 6 while their arrivals are at Terminal B (TBIT). There is an underground airside tunnel that connects Terminal 6 (access between gates 65B & 64A under main rotunda) to Terminals 4 and 5. There is also a corridor behind the main building housing the check-in counters, behind the security screening stations that connects Terminal 6 to Terminals 7 and 8.
- Terminal 7 - Terminal 7 has eleven gates servicing United Airlines and United Express. There is also a corridor behind the main building housing the check-in counters, behind the security screening stations, by Gate 71a connecting Terminal 7 to Terminals 6 and 8.
- Terminal 8 - Terminal 8 has nine gates primarily servicing smaller jets, and is used by United Airlines and United Express and functions as an extension of Terminal 7. Terminal 8 is not accessed from the roadway and only accessed from Terminal 7 from the public side.
Note that many international flights do not leave from or arrive at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. To avoid missing flights, always determine in advance which terminal(s) your international flights will be flying in or out of, especially if you are connecting through LAX.
Be sure to arrive at the airport at least 1 1/2 - 2 hours before your flight (2-3 hours if traveling internationally) as check in procedures and lines for security can be long and time-consuming.
The upper level of the airport structure is used for drop-offs (departures) while the lower level is used for pick-ups (arrivals). The lower level roadway is divided into an inner and outer roadway, with private vehicles using the outer (right-hand side) roadway and commercial vehicles (including shuttles), circling the inner (left-hand side) roadway and stopping at islands that divide the two roadways.
When departing the airport, the lower level roadway outside of each terminal is divided into zones indicating the transportation options available. The different pickup zones are clearly marked by brightly colored signs corresponding to the type of transportation you are looking for:
- Blue - LAX shuttle airline connections
- Red - Hotel shuttles
- Orange - Shared ride vans
- Purple - Rental car shuttles
- Green - Long distance vans and FlyAway buses
- Yellow - Taxis
In addition, the upper level roadway contains zones for "Ride Service Pick Up" (services like Uber and Lyft) as well as "Shuttle Zone" stops for parking shuttles and the LAX shuttle to Lot C.
By public transportation
Public transportation connections for the airport are not the greatest, to put it mildly. LAX is located 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles and inconveniently you need to take a shuttle bus to connect with the city's rail system. There is a free shuttle bus (the "G" or "Green Line" shuttle) from the airport terminals to the Aviation/LAX station, where you can board the Metro Rail system. Or get on the "Lot C" or "C" shuttle to the south entrance of the expansive Parking Lot C, next to the "LAX City Bus Center", where you can board buses to the nearby areas in Torrance, Santa Monica, UCLA in Westwood, Norwalk, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. Note that the shuttles pick up from different locations in the airport: the "G" shuttle picks up from under the BLUE "LAX Shuttle Airline Connections" signs at the outer curb of the lower level (arrivals), while the "C" shuttle picks up from "Shuttle Zone-Private Parking Lots" stops on the upper level roadway (departures). See the below as to what transit options are available:
- LAX City Bus Center at the south side of Parking Lot C on W 96th St & Skyway/Vicksburg Ave:
- Lot C Bus (picks up from "Shuttle Zone-Private Parking Lots" stops on the upper level roadway (departures), and goes out to their own small depot located at the entrance to Parking Lot C and next to the LAX City Bus Center. The 'Lot C' buses continue from the depot into the expansive Parking Lot C in one direction and back to the airport terminals in the other).
- Big Blue Bus #3/3R (goes northwest to Santa Monica via Lincoln Blvd and south to the 'LAX Aviation Station')
- Culver City Bus #6/6R (goes north to Culver City and the UCLA campus in Westwood via Sepulveda Blvd and south to the 'LAX Aviation Station').
- Torrance City Bus #8 (goes south to Torrance)
- Beach Cities Transit #109 (to Redondo Beach via Aviation/LAX Station, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach)
- Metro #40 (goes north to downtown Los Angeles via Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lennox neighborhoods along Hawthorne/La Brea and MLK Blvd and south to Redondo Beach. Airport service is only available on the late night/early morning runs between 1AM and 4:23AM - check linked schedule)
- Metro #102 (goes east to Palm & Seville in South Gate via La Tijera Blvd & Exposition Blvd)
- Metro #111/311 (goes east to the Norwalk Station along E Florence & Studebaker Rd)
- Metro #117 (goes east to the Lakewood Blvd Metro Station in Downey via Century Blvd & Imperial Hwy)
- Metro #232 (goes south to Long Beach via Sepulveda Blvd & Pacific Coast Hwy
- Aviation/LAX Station (nearest Metro Station) further south at Aviation Blvd and Century Freeway (I-105):
- Green Line Bus or 'G Bus' (picks up from under the BLUE 'LAX Shuttle Airline Connections'signs at the outer curb of the lower level, in front of each terminal to the 'LAX/Aviation Station')
- Metro Green Line Train(goes east to Norwalk and south to Redondo Beach. You can ride east on the Green Line to Willowbrook station, where you can transfer to the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Los Angeles or to Long Beach in the other direction.)
- Big Blue Bus #3/3R (goes northwest to Santa Monica via the 'LAX City Bus Center')
- Gardena City Bus #5 (goes east to the 'Imperial' Metro station in Willowbrook along El Segundo Blvd through the northern part of Gardena)
- Culver City Bus 6/6R (goes north to the LAX City Bus Center and the UCLA campus in Westwood via Sepulveda Blvd).
- Beach Cities Bus #109 (to Redondo Beach via El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach in one direction and LAX City Bus Center in the other)
- Metro #120 (goes east Whittwood Mall in Whittier via Imperial Hwy)
- Metro #625 (goes west to the LAX administration offices, aircraft maintenance hangars and airline cargo terminals at the opposite side of the airport grounds via Imperial Hwy and World Way W)
A more direct service is the LAXFlyAway bus, which takes you from under the GREEN "Flyaway, Buses & Long Distance Vans" sign at the outer curb in front of each of the LAX terminals. Different buses pick up with the following destinations:
- Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles (Patsaouras Transit Plaza located at the east portals to the station, on the opposite side of the tracks from the historic Union Station), every 30 minutes until midnight, and every hour overnight. Union Station is the largest transportation hub in Southern California, and transit in any direction can be found from there. Take a taxi from the downtown Union Station to the Greyhound terminal or to another bus terminal in 'Skid Row', east of downtown.
- Hollywood (1627 North Vine Street, on the west side of Vine Street one-half block south of Hollywood Boulevard), hourly from 6:15am to 10:15pm.
- Long Beach (Long Beach Transit Gallery, at the northwest corner of 1st Street and Long Beach Boulevard), hourly from 5:30am to 10:30pm.
- Van Nuys (7610 Woodley Ave at the NE corner of Woodley Ave and Saticoy, next to the Van Nuys Airport), every 30 minutes, runs 24 hours.
- A second Van Nuys stop is on the south side of Victory Boulevard just east of Woodley Avenue, near the Woodley station on the Metro Orange Line bus route, hourly from 4:45am to 11pm.
- Westwood (in front of Parking Structure #32 along Kinross Ave between Veterans Ave and Weyburn Place at the UCLA South Campus), hourly from 6am to 11pm.
The fare is $8-$10 depending on destination and can only be paid by credit card or ATM card (all major cards accepted). No cash is accepted
Click here for the trip planner program which tells you which bus(es) to take to get to your final destination. Nearby hotels and hostels do send their own shuttles to the terminals to pick up and drop off guests so no need to use public transportation to get there. Their shuttles pick up from under the RED 'Hotel Shuttle' signs at the outer curb, in front of each terminal.
By long distance bus and van
The long distance buses and vans to the adjacent Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, North Los Angeles (Lancaster & Antelope Valley) and Orange Counties pick up and drop off from under the GREEN "Flyaway, Buses & Long Distance Vans" sign at the outer curb in front of each of the LAX terminals:
- Airport Valet Express, (office) 201 N Stine Rd, Ste #120; Bakersfield CA 93309, , toll-free: . Three trips on weekdays and twice on weekends to Bakersfield.$100 RT.
- Antelope Valley Airport Express, (office) 332 West Avenue S, Suite A Palmdale, CA 93551, , toll-free: . 7 trips a day to Santa Clarita, Acton, Palmdale and Lancaster. $100 RT.
- Central Coast Shuttle, (office) 3249 Terminal Drive, Suite 101; Santa Maria, CA 93455, , toll-free: . Seven trips a day from Santa Maria, Buelleton, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. $128 RT from Santa Maria.
- Disneyland Airport Shuttle by Gray Lines Anaheim, (office) 2001 S Manchester Ave, Anaheim CA 92802, , toll-free: . Hourly service form 7:50AM to 9:50PM to Disneyland and the adjacent hotels in Anaheim. They also offer the same shuttle service to/from the John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
- Mickey's Spaceship Shuttle, , . Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, all Disneyland Anaheim resort hotels, O.C. Convention Center, John Wayne Airport, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, San Clemente
- Road Runner Shuttle, . Door to door shuttle from Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
- Santa Barbara Airbus, , toll-free: . Eight times daily to Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta. $90 RT.
- Shuttle One, , toll-free: . Travels to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and hotels in the Anaheim, Buena Park, and Garden Grove area.
- Ventura Shuttle, . Runs eight times daily to Ventura and Oxnard $65 RT.
Currently there are NO shuttles from LAX to San Diego or Tijuana. To continue to San Diego take the LAX Flyaway bus (See above) to the downtown Union Station and transfer to the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Train or take a taxi to the Greyhound terminal at 1716 E 7th St and continue by bus to San Diego. Take the Intercalifornias or Tufesa bus from downtown Los Angeles to Tijuana. Alternatively take the Flyaway bus going to Long Beach and transfer to a taxi or bus (Rt #1,51,52) from the downtown Long Beach bus station to the Greyhound station at 1498 E Long Beach Blvd (at 15th & Long Beach Blvd) for the onward connection to San Diego.
Being that you are in Southern California, renting a car may be your best option for getting about. If you rent a car, there are around 10 different companies with very frequent shuttle buses picking up on the lower level around all terminals and going to large offsite lots. If you want to compare prices, you will need to do so using the telephones in the arrivals area or on the internet in advance of arriving. There are no details from the shuttle drivers or negotiable prices. Signing up to one of the car rental club schemes can get the shuttle bus to drop you at your car, thus saving substantial time.
Most traffic enters the airport from (West) Century Boulevard exit of the 405, due to heavy traffic and road works the last mile of Century can take 2 minutes to drive. The airport operates a long-term parking lot that located outside of the main airport and accessible by shuttle bus. Private companies including hotels offer many additional options and include everything from open-air lots to garage parking with car washes. For those waiting to pick up passengers there is a cell-phone waiting lot adjacent to Lot C where you can wait in your car for up to two hours.
- Central Terminal Area Parking Structures. This option is useful for those making pick-ups or drop-offs. Approximately 8000 parking spaces are available in multiple structures in the center of the airport. $3 for the first hour, $2 for each 30 minutes thereafter, $30 maximum for each 24 hours.
- Economy Parking - Lot C (96th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard). 7300 open-air parking spaces located just outside of the main airport. The 'Lot C' shuttle buses run regularly to bring passengers to and from this enormous lot. $4 per hour, maximum $12 per day.
By rental car
Most rental car companies have their own, off airport, drop off and pick-up offices along Aviation Boulevard north of Century Boulevard and along Century Blvd. Many are next to each other and some share the same address. Shuttle buses are available from under the "Purple - Rental car shuttles" signs, along the outer curb, in front of the airport terminals (about 10 minutes ride). Not all car rental companies are allowed to send their shuttles to the airport terminal to pick up and drop off their customers either. In that case, take the "Lot C" Shuttle bus from under the "Shuttle Zone" signs on the upper level roadway to Parking Lot 'C' to meet the car rental company's representative. Should you need to fill the tank before returning the car, there are a couple of fuel stations on Aviation Blvd, although stations a little further away may be cheaper.
The following are some of the nearby (inter)national chain brands located nearby LAX. Many do send a shuttle to pick up and drop off customers. Although only a mile from the terminals allow 20 minutes, due to traffic, for the courtesy buses between the rental stations and the airport:
- Advantage Rent A Car, 1030 W Manchester Blvd (One block east of Aviation Blvd at Isis and Manchester Blvd), , toll-free: .
- Alamo, 9020 Aviation Blvd (Same location as National), toll-free: .
- Avis, 9217 Airport Blvd (Westchester Pkwy & Aviation Blvd), , toll-free: .
- Budget, 9775 Airport Blvd, , toll-free: .
- Dollar, 9150 Aviation Blvd, toll-free: .
- Enterprise, 8734 Bellanca Ave, , toll-free: .
- E-Z Rent-A-Car, 6101 W 98th St, , toll-free: , e-mail: [email protected].
- FOX Rent-A-Car, 5500 W Century Blvd (Same location as Payless.), .
- Hertz, 5855 W Century Blvd, .
- National, 9020 Aviation Blvd (Same location as Alamo), toll-free: .
- PayLess, 5500 W Century Blvd (Same location as FOX), .
- Thrifty, 5440 W Century Blvd, toll-free: .
- Zipcar. Worldwide car sharing network.
There are numerous other smaller car rental companies to list that surround LAX. They can be located using Google and Google maps. Some are local to only the Los Angeles and Southern California market while others have more locations in select markets. Some of them specializes in renting only certain type of vehicles such as luxury cars, sports cars, jeeps or vans while others compete with the national chains by offering different types of vehicles. Most of them cannot send a shuttle to the airport terminals but rather pick up customers at or around the 'Lot C' shuttle bus depot, at the main entrance into Parking Lot C. Ask.
Taxis to Downtown cost $45.00 and take 30 min in good traffic but can be far slower (and more expensive) in rush hour. Taxis to Santa Monica cost $35, while those to Disneyland cost $70. Taxis pick up and drop off from the YELLOW 'Taxi' zones on the lower level outside each terminal.
By shuttle bus
Many area hotels and private parking lots run frequent shuttles between their establishment and the terminals. Hotel shuttles pick up and drop off from under the RED 'Hotel Shuttle' signs at the outer curb, on the lower level in front of each terminal. Parking lot shuttles pick up from marked "Shuttle Zone" stops on the upper level roadway.
By ride-hailing service
Uber and Lyft provide service to LAX. Drivers are allowed to pick-up and drop-off passengers from the designated "Ride Service Pick Up" signs on the upper level roadway outside the terminals. These signs are lettered A-F and tend to be located between the terminals; see this map for locations.
Terminals 4-8 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal are linked by walkways on the secure side, so that passengers in any one of the six can go to another without having to pass through security again (though if you're going more than one terminal away it's a hike from one end to the other). American Airlines operates an airside shuttle bus between Terminal 5 (Gate 52) and the remote American Eagle Terminal (east of Terminal 8). The other terminals are not connected behind security, so to get between them taking a shuttle bus or walking landside is necessary.
It is possible to walk from one terminal to another along the sidewalk of either the upper or lower level. A streetside sidewalk connects all the terminals. It is no more than a 10-minute walk between any two adjacent terminals (with the obvious exception of 1 and 8).
There is a free shuttle bus running between the terminals. The "Airline Connections" or "A" shuttle bus loops around all the terminals on the lower level roadway; it stops at the zone marked "LAX Shuttle and Shuttle Connections." If you are transferring between directly adjacent terminals, walking is nearly always quicker than the shuttle.
Los Angeles International Airport has nine passenger terminals arranged in the shape of the letter U or a horseshoe. The terminals are served by a shuttle bus. Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are all connected airside via an underground tunnel between Terminals 4, 5 and 6 and above-ground walkways between Terminals 6, 7, and 8. An additional airside shuttle bus operates among Terminals 4, 6, and the American Eagle remote terminal. There are no physical airside connections between any of the other terminals.
In addition to these terminals, there are 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) of cargo facilities at LAX, and a heliport operated by Bravo Aviation. Qantas has a maintenance facility at LAX, even though it is not a hub.
Inter-terminal connections between terminals 1, 2, and 3, and between them and the other terminals, require passengers to exit security, then walk or use a shuttle-bus to get to the other terminal, then re-clear security. Terminals 4-8, which comprise the south terminal complex, provide airside connections, which allow connecting passengers to access other terminals without having to re-clear security. The following airside connections are possible:
Terminals TBIT (Tom Bradley International Terminal), 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 have airside connection.
Terminals 4, 5 and 6 are connected via an airside underground walkway. At Terminal 6 passengers can transfer from the above ground terminal walkway to the underground walkway to access Terminals 4, 5 and 6.
Terminals 6, 7, and 8 are all connected airside via walking corridors at the same level as the terminal, allowing passengers a seamless connection (International arriving passengers must clear Customs, and then security, on a lower level first).
Beginning February 25, 2016, an additional airside corridor became available from Terminal 4 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. This will allow airside connections from Terminals 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. An additional security checkpoint will be available in this connector to allow passengers to enter Terminal 4 after arriving on an international arrival in the Tom Bradley Terminal avoiding the main Terminal 4 security screening area, also allowing easier connections to Terminal 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Terminal 1 has 15 gates: Gates 9, 10, 11A-11B, 12A-12B, 13-15, 16A-16B, 17A-17B, and 18A-18B, and houses Southwest Airlines. Terminal 1 was built in 1984. Terminal 1 is presently undergoing an extensive renovation financed by Southwest Airlines. This renovation will continue through 2018 and provide updates to security screening area, curbside dropoff, terminal areas and baggage handling. Former tenants of the terminal include AirTran Airways, America West Airlines and US Airways.
Terminal 2 has 11 gates: Gates 21–21B, 22–22B, 23, 24–24B, and 25–28 and is primarily used by Delta Airlines. It also hosts several foreign carriers, including Aer Lingus, Aeroméxico, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet. Virgin Australia and Volaris also use Terminal 2 for check-in of passengers.
Terminal 2 was built in 1962, and was the original international terminal. It was completely torn down and rebuilt in stages between 1984 and 1988 at a cost of US$94 million.The rebuilt terminal was designed by Leo A Daly.Terminal 2 has CBP (Customs and Border Protection) facilities to process arriving international passengers.
Former tenants of the terminal include Northwest Airlines and Pan American World Airways.
Terminal 3 has 12 gates: Gates 30, 31A–31B, 32, 33A–33B, 34–36, 37A–37B, and 38 (gate 39 was removed to make room for Virgin Australia Boeing 777 operations at gate 38) and is currently used by Delta Airlines. Terminal 3 opened in 1961 and was Trans World Airlines' terminal. The terminal was expanded in 1970 to accommodate widebody operations and between 1980 and 1987, which included a new passenger connector building and baggage system connected to the original satellite. It formerly housed some American Airlines flights after that airline acquired Reno Air and TWA in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Eventually, all American flights were moved to Terminal 4. As of May 2017, Copa Airlines, Avianca, and Interjet use Terminal 3 for check-in of passengers.
Terminal 4 has 15 gates: Gates 40–41, 42A–42B, 43, 45, 46A–46C, 47A–47B, 48A–48B, and 49A-49B and houses American Airlines flights. Terminal 4 was built in 1961, was expanded in 1983 by adding a connector from the ticketing areas to the original satellite,and was renovated in 2002 at a cost of $400 million in order to improve the appearance and functionality of the facility. The renovation was designed by Rivers & Christian.An international arrivals facility was also added as part of the renovations but this has been closed due to staffing shortages. Currently American Airlines International flights arrive Terminal 4 and TBIT but passengers disembark via stairs onto buses that travel directly to Tom Bradley International Terminal arrivals. Some international departures operate at TBIT.
American Airlines and American Eagle have more gates than any other airline at LAX, with 28 (American Airlines operates from 32 gates in total, including 9 gates at the American Eagle satellite terminal, 4 dedicated gates at Terminal 5, as well as 4 rotating gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal).
Terminal 5 has 13 gates: Gates 50A–50B, 51A–51B, (Gates 52A-52I are located at the American Eagle Terminal), 53A–53B, 54A–54B, 55A, 56–57, 58, and 59, and is used by American Airlines, American Eagle, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines. Western Airlines occupied this terminal at its opening in 1962, and continued to do so until Western was merged with Delta on April 1, 1987. Terminal 5 was redesigned by Gensler,expanded to include a connector building between the original satellite and the ticketing facilities and remodeled from 1986 through early 1988. It was unofficially named 'Delta's Oasis at LAX' with the slogan 'Take Five at LAX' when construction was completed in the summer of 1988. Northwest Airlines moved all operations to Terminal 5 and Terminal 6 alongside Delta on June 30, 2009, as part of its merger with the airline. The terminal has a customs area in the arrivals floor, used for international flights served by Delta Air Lines.
Delta, which had been based for decades in Terminal 5 (with additional gates in Terminal 6), moved to Terminals 2 and 3 between May 12-17, 2017 in order to relieve overcrowding and provide better transfers with its airline partners at Tom Bradley International Terminal.
American Eagle flights operate from a satellite terminal that is located just east of Terminal 8. This terminal has 9 gates that supplement American's mainline operation at Terminals 4 and 5.
Terminal 6 has 14 gates: Gates 60–63, 64A–64B, 65A-65B, 66, 67, 68A–68B, and 69A–69B. Parts of this terminal have changed little from its opening in 1961; in 1970, new gates were expanded from the main building, as is obvious from the rotunda at the end. Four of these gates have two jetways, which can accommodate large aircraft. An expansion of the terminal, including a connector of the original satellite to the ticketing areas, was completed in 1987.
Terminal 6 is currently used by Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Air Canada, Boutique Air, Great Lakes Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, and XL Airways France.
Continental Airlines originally built the Connector Building (which links the Ticketing and rotunda buildings). Prior to October 2014, United Airlines used the connector gates, supplementing its base at Terminal 7. Delta also leases some space from the Airport in Terminal 6, in addition to its base at Terminal 5. Most of the rotunda gates can feed arriving passengers into a sterile corridor that shunts them to Terminal 7's customs and immigration facility.
In April 2011, Alaska Airlines agreed to a deal with Los Angeles World Airports to renovate Terminal 6 and build an Alaska Airlines Board Room Lounge. The airline moved its flights to Terminal 6 on March 20, 2012, and Spirit Airlines was relocated to Terminal 3.
Former tenants of the terminal include Continental Airlines until its merger with United Airlines in 2011 and Eastern Air Lines, which went bankrupt in 1991. The terminal also originally housed Pacific Southwest Airlines.
Terminal 7 has 11 gates: Gates 70A-70B, 71A-71B, 72, 73, 74, 75A-75B, 76, and 77. This terminal opened in 1962 and was expanded to accommodate widebody aircraft in 1970. The terminal was expanded in 1982 with the addition of a connector building, which today compromises of gates 70A-70B and 71A-71B. Four of these gates have two jetways, which accommodate large aircraft. Terminal 7 is used for United Airlines' domestic and international operations. The interior of the terminal was renovated between January 1998 and June 1999 at a cost of $250 million, was designed by HNTB, and was constructed by Hensel Phelps Construction. Added were new gate podiums, increased size of gate areas, relocated concessions, expanded restrooms, new flooring, and new signage. Also, the roof of the terminal was raised, and new, brighter light fixtures were added in order to provide more overall lighting. As of 2012, Terminal 7 is undergoing another facelift, with significant changes to concessions. The terminal also contains a United Club and an International First Class Lounge. The terminal has a customs area located on the arrivals floor, used by international flights served by United Airlines.
Terminal 8 has 9 gates: Gates 80–88. This terminal was originally constructed in 1961 as Concourse 8 and was redeveloped in 1982 and renamed Terminal 8. The terminal formerly served Shuttle by Unitedflights. At one point, only United Express flights arrived and departed from Terminal 8. Non-United Express flights arrived and departed from Terminals 6 and 7, Terminal 8 is now used once again for some mainline flights.
Tom Bradley International Terminal
The Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) has 18 gates; nine on the north concourse and nine on the south concourse. Each gate is equipped with a Safegate Advanced – Visual Docking Guidance System. In addition, there are nine satellite gates for international flights located on the west side of LAX. Passengers are ferried to the west side gates by bus. The terminal exclusively hosts most of the major international airlines, with the exception of those housed in Terminal 2.
This terminal opened for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and is named for Tom Bradley, the first African-American and longest-serving (20 years) mayor of Los Angeles, and champion of LAX. The terminal is located at the west end of the passenger terminal area between Terminals 3 and 4. Tom Bradley International Terminal hosts 29 airlines and handles 10 million passengers per year.
In 2010, modernization efforts resulted in additional space for inline baggage screening, three large alliance-aligned lounges plus one unaffiliated lounge (to replace the multiple airline specific lounges) and cosmetic upgrades in the departures and arrivals areas.
On November 17, 2008, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled design concepts for LAX's Bradley West and Midfield Concourse projects. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), along with city officials, selected Fentress Architects in association with HNTBto develop a design concept for the modernization of LAX. The emphasis of the modernization is to improve the passenger experience and to keep Los Angeles competitive with other global cities.
On February 22, 2010, construction began on the $1.5 billion Bradley West project, part of the multi-year $4.11 billion LAX improvement and redevelopment projects. The project added over 1,250,000 square feet (116,000 m2) of shops, restaurants, and passenger lounges, as well as new security screening, customs, immigration, and baggage claim facilities. The terminal's existing two concourses were demolished and replaced with a larger pair with 18 gates, nine of which are able to accommodate the Airbus A380. The terminal opened in phases beginning on September 2012, and was completed in 2014.
On September 18, 2013, the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX officially opened. Airlines started to use the new, smarter gates that can handle larger aircraft, with multiple gates configured for the Airbus A380. Inside, Southern California scenes and eccentric videos are played on seven huge multimedia screens. It is the largest immersive system in an airport and the most advanced multimedia environment in a North American airport. This system was created by Moment Factory.Lounge-like seating for relaxation, and the 25,000-square-foot duty-free shopping area are located in the Great Hall. Many restaurants and high-end shops are located there, such as Chloé, Burberry, Fred Segal, and Porsche amongst others. Franchises of popular LA restaurants including Umami Burger, 800 Degrees, Larder, Ink.Sack and Lucky Fish are among the restaurant selections available.
Accommodation & Hotels
The stretch of West Century Boulevard leading into the airport from I-405 is lined with hotels. Additionally, you can find many airport hotels south of the airport in El Segundo or east of I-405 in Inglewood.
Coffee & Restaurants
Restaurant options at LAX are extremely hit-or-miss, though an effort to improve dining choices in 2010 did result in more locally based and high-end dining being available. A lot depends on which terminal you're in; some terminals have more choices than others, and restaurants before security are very limited. You can always visit another terminal, if you're landside, but you're in for a bit of a hike, which can be annoying if you're dragging luggage with you. Note that the Encounter Restaurant, which previously occupied the Theme Building in the center of the airport, closed in January 2014.
Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)
Air side now has several recently opened branches of local restaurants such as Ink Sack, Petrossian, and Umami Burger. 800 Degrees in the Time Tower food court area make reasonably good and fresh pizza. The land side restaurants no longer exist.
- Deli & Co..
- Pick Up Stix.
- Kogi Truck. One of Roy Choi's famous kogi Korean taco trucks, this taco and burrito eatery is located in an actual food truck and is one of the airport's more reasonably-priced options. Short rib, pork, chicken and tofu tacos are the specialty, but the other options are unique and tasty. Tacos $2.70, burritos $7.
- Dunkin Donuts.
- Homeboy Cafe.
- Redondo Beach Brewing Company (next to security, in Terminal 6). 4:30AM-12:30AM. Beer on tap, bar.
- Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom (next to security in Terminal 6). Sausage sandwiches and fries.
- Ruby's Dinette, in between gates 64-65. Small, sit-down casual restaurant
- Monet's California Deli, in between gates 64-65. Sandwiches, breakfast burritos.
- Home Turf Sports Bar, in between gates 64-65. Fairly large sports bar, near the Alaska Airlines Board Room
- Coffee Bean, in between gates 64-65.
- Klatch Coffee (next to gates 70A-B). Coffee, snacks, sandwiches.
- Food Court: ¡Loteria! Mexican Grill & Bar, Yogurtland, The Coffee Bean, Counter Burgers, in between gates 74-77. Mexican food, frozen yogurt, coffee and pastries, and custom built burgers and breakfast.
- B Grill by BOA Steakhouse, in between gates 71B & 73. Bright, modern sitdown steakhouse and bar. Entrees including pasta, steaks, burgers, breakfast. Expensive.
- Wolfgang Puck Express, Near Gate 75B. 5AM-10PM. Bar, takeout counter, and sit-down restaurant. The usual menu of pizza, salads and roast chicken. Restaurant is large and features low lighting, wood paneling and a view of the runways.
- Rolling Stone Bar and Grill, Gate 72. Open sports bar.
- Food Court: Marmalade Cafe, The Coffee Bean, Carls Jr. & The Green Burrito, in between gates 81-82. Casual, small food court area. The Marmalade Cafe has deli salads and pasta; the Coffee Bean has coffee and pastries; Carl's Jr. has fast-food burgers and burritos.
- Corona Beach House. Midrange. Across from gate 86. Bar serving Corona and a few other beers on tap, as well as a full bar and food including nachos and sandwiches, as well as breakfast. Has comfortable lounge type seating as well as table.
- Engine Co. No 28. 5PM-10PM, with last call at 9:45. Fire-company themed restaurant, bar, and takeout counter with a menu of burgers and entrees.
- I Love LA.
- Sol Surf.
- Sees Candy, Gate42b. Chocolates.
- Sunglass Hut, Gates 44 and 45. Sunglasses.
- CNN News / Hudson News, Gates 71A and 73. Snacks, magazines, gifts.
- Universal Studios shop, Gate 71A. Movie and theme-park themed souvenirs.
- Bartels' LAX Harley-Davidson, in between gates 71B & 73. Harley-Davidson store featuring apparel and gear.
- Kitson, in between gates 71B & 73, . 6AM-11PM. Novelties, apparel and LA-theme gifts.
- Hugo Boss Store, in between gates 71B & 73.
- E! News, Next to gates 81-82. Snacks, magazines, gifts.
Duty Free Shops
As in many other large airports, a WiFi network is available in the terminals, so you can get online with your laptop, tablet or smartphone. The network name is LAX Free WiFi. You can choose between a slower version of it (free, after an advertisement) and a faster premium version provided by Boingo ($4.95/1 hour, $7.95/day).
How To Use Free Wi-Fi at LAX
LAX is pleased to offer unlimited free Wi-Fi to help you stay connected while traveling through our airport. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas of ALL terminals.
Our Wi-Fi service allows passengers to enjoy unlimited 45-minute sessions of free Wi-Fi access, with a minimum speed of 5 Mbit/s. Passengers using this free service will be presented with an ad or a short video (15 to 30 seconds) before unlimited Wi-Fi access begins.
To connect to the free Wi-Fi service, follow these 5 simple steps:
STEP 1: Set your wireless network to: _LAX Free WiFi
STEP 2: Launch your web browser on your device.
STEP 3: Press “Watch Ad to Connect” under “LAX Free Unlimited Wi-Fi”.
STEP 4: Press “CONTINUE TO FREE WI-FI” button.
STEP 5: Watch a 30 second advertisement.
STEP 6: You are now online.
HIGHER SPEED SERVICE ALSO AVAILABLE
In addition to free access, passengers may choose higher speed service with the following options for premium access:
- 24 hours of Wi-Fi access for $7.95 per device, with a minimum speed of 10 Mbit/s
- Unlimited Wi-Fi access for $9.95 per month, with a minimum speed of 20 Mbit/s (monthly Boingo subscription)
Things to know
- ICE Currency Exchange booths are located on the departure level post-security in Terminals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and Tom Bradley International Terminal.
- ICE Currency Exchange booths are located on the arrivals level in Terminals 2, 5, 6, and Tom Bradley International Terminal.
- Cash advances (up to $300 in US Dollars), on Visa and Mastercards are available at the ICE Currency Exchange Kiosks in Terminal 2, 3, 5, 7 and Tom Bradley International Terminal.
- All ICE Currency Exchange booths sell international and domestic Sim Cards.
- Telephone (310) 646-0553 or (310) 646-7934 for exchange rates and hours of operation
- Hours of Operation vary according to terminal
- U.S. Postal Service: Postal services are not available in any of the terminals at LAX. Travelers need to mail their correspondence before coming to the airport. The nearest U.S. Postal Service is located at 9029 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90009. Regular business hours are everyday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For information, call 1-800-ASK-USPS.
- Fax and Photocopy: Tom Bradley Terminal (Lower/Arrivals Level) at the ICE Currency Exchange Booth.
- Free Wi-Fi available in all departure level public areas and baggage claim
- Hotel Reservation and Car Rental Information: In all terminals in or adjacent to baggage claim on Lower/Arrival Level.
Medical & First Aid
A first aid station is located on the Upper/Departure Level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For information, call (310) 215-6000.
In situations of a more serious nature, paramedic ambulance assistance can be summoned within minutes by contacting any airline employee or LAX Airport Police at (310) 646-7911 (in the Central Terminal Area).
If hospitalization is required, there are many hospitals providing 24-hour emergency service within minutes of the airport.
For travel shots or other non-emergency needs, Reliant Medical Center (blue building adjacent to LAX), located at 9601 South Sepulveda Boulevard, is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. For Information, call (310) 215-6020 or visit http://www.reliantimmediatecare.com
LAX has an Automated External Defibrillator program in place to assist persons who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. These units are strategically located at security posts in the terminals beyond passenger screening stations and on bicycle patrol units. Airport Police officers have been fully trained in the use of this life-saving device so they can become first responders in an emergency.
First Aid Station (310) 215-6000
Police (Emergency) (310) 646-7911
Medical Clinic (310) 215-6020
Tom Bradley International Terminal
- Star Alliance Lounge (on Level 6; the entrance is via elevator past the security checkpoint on the north side), . 9:15AM-12:30AM, varies according to winter/summer airline schedules. This lounge is for Gold/Senator members only, or those with first/business class tickets. The lounge has 40 seats and 2 VIP rooms for first class passengers and 375 seats for business class passengers. There is a business center, wireless internet access, telephone access, showers, hot and cold beverages, hot and cold snacks, newspapers and magazines, and private rooms available by reservation.
- Oneworld Alliance Lounge (on Level 5; the entrance is via elevator past the security checkpoint on the north side). F-M, W: 6:30AM-1:30AM, Tu, Th: 9AM-1:30AM. Access to First Class Lounges is restricted to Emerald members and those travelling in First Class.
- Los Angeles International Lounge (Japan Airlines) (on Level 4; the entrance is via elevator past the security checkpoint on the north side). Daily 6AM to last departure.
- Admirals Club (American Airlines) (Terminal 4, on the Concourse level across from Gate 40). Daily 5AM-12:30AM.
- Flagship Lounge (American Airlines) (Terminal 4, across from Gate 40, entrance through Admirals Club lounge). Daily 5:15AM-midnight.
- Board Room (Alaska Airlines) (Terminal 6, elevator near gate 64). Daily 5AM-10PM.
- United Club (two in Terminal 7: across from gate 71A and between gates 73 and 75). Daily 5AM-11PM. These lounges are accessible to United Club Members, first and business class passengers, and Star Alliance Gold members.
Safety and security
The Los Angeles Airport Police Division (sometimes referred to as "LAWAPD" or LAXPD") is the largest police agency in the United States dedicated exclusively to 24-hour airport activities. It is the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County, with more than 1,100 law enforcement, security and staff. It also has the largest civilian Airport security force in the nation. LAX Police is a division of Los Angeles Department of Airports, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). The City department that owns and operates two airports in Southern California: Los Angeles International, and Van Nuys (general aviation). Although currently working very closely with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department is a separate entity, primarily due to the Airport Police having specialized training and funding resources.