Los Angeles LAX Airport Overview

Los Angeles International Airport LAX is California's largest - and the Country's third largest Airport, serving the City of Los Angeles and its surrounding counties, and functioning as a major intercontinental transfer hub.
- LAX Airport is located about fifteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, in southern California, and is accessible via State Hwy 1, and Interstate Hwys. 405 & 105.  To check on Airport conditions you can tune in LAX Air Radio 530.
- With four runways and a yearly estimate of 69 million passengers, Los Angeles International Airport is served by a multitude of domestic and international airlines offering flights across the U.S. and around the world, particularly long-haul flights to/from Asia, Australasia and Latin America. 

Hours of Operation:  While the Airport is open 24/7, airline check-in counters and security checkpoints open between 4am-5am and close 11:30pm-2:30am, Pacific time, depending on each terminal's flight schedules. Terminals currently have each separate opening and closing times: T1 - 4am-11pm; T2 - 4:30am-2am; T3 - 4:15am-1am; T5 - 4am-1:30am; T6 - 4:30am-1:30am; T7 - 4am-midnight; TBIT South 6am-1am; TBIT North - 8am-1am.
For TTY - call California Relay Service at 1-800 735-2929.
On-Airport Hotels: Nearly 50 hotel/motels are located right on-Airport property - The Tom Bradley terminal offers free phone boards in the baggage area, connecting to hotels/motels, many of which offer free shuttle services located on the isles in front of each terminal, marked Red (color).
IMPORTANT NOTICES:  LAX is changing day by day. To keep up with new developments, open:  http://www.laxishappening.com/
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If possible, avoid rush hour times 5-9am to schedule your flight.  Best time for flight for morning departures is 9-11am & 2-7pm and best days are Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
- Due to ongoing construction in and around the Central Terminal Complex for some years to come, it is strongly suggested that you take
   (a) the low-cost FlyAway non-stop bus from Union Station, Van Nuys & Westwood; or
   (b) the Metro Rail Green Line (Transport options & details are listed separately at this site).
- For passenger pickup, either park in the Garage across from  your terminal, or use the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot at 96th St./ Vicksburg Av. (next to Economy Lot C entrance.
- As a number of the terminals are currently under construction - LAX posts terminal construction alerts at : www.laxishappening.com,  and Road construction advisories at:  www.lawa.org/laxdev/RoadAlerts.aspx & la-next.com. The Construction hotline is 310-649-5392.
- Davidson Drive access to LAX in both directions betwen Alverstone Av. & Sky Way has been closed permanently.
- 45 HMSHost offers the 'Gourmet Street Truck' in Terminal 4, offering L.A's best of diverse cousine with Mexican flavors
-  In June 2016, 'NextGen' launched its new 'Data Comm' technology - replacing current voice communications between air traffic controllers & pilots with digital info exchanges.

Los Angeles International Airport has 9 passenger terminals within the 'Central Terminal Complex' - currently served by a U-shaped two-level roadway. (For terminal details click on 'Terminal Map' and scroll down to the text.).  Note: To counter disrupting paparazzi mania and protect Celebrities' privacy - a large lounge facility  will be developed in a more remote area currently used by an old cargo facility - offering privacy with a large parking area outside. )

Current & Future Airport Developments: 
Phase 2 of the muli-billion dollar Airport Modernization Project started February 2015:   New consolidated SSCP on the mezzanine level now has vertical access; the south connector bridge now offers access by elevator/ escalator /stairs from both North & South, while East Gate phased construction is soon to be completed:
- Terminals 6, 7/8: extension & overhaul work adds 29,000 sq.ft to United's Premium Airline Lounge (no timeline available):
   - T6 construction of new concessions program continues through 2016. Due to current limited food concessions, passengers may want to opt for either T5, T7 or T8 - reached via  tunnnels or walkways.  
   - T7
renovation project is ongoing until Dec. 2017. The connector corridor between T7/T8 was reduced by 10 feet.  Gate 71A waiting area is temporarily closed.
- The MSC North Program of the future Midfield Satellite Concourse (located west of the Bradley Terminal) is done in phases.  Phase 1 includes construction of 11 gates,  Phase 1,  the 'MSC  North Project', is to be completed by late 2016 -  intended to serve both domestic & international traffic and provide flexibility according to demand for aircraft gates, and reducing reliance on West Remote gates during upgrades of other LAX terminals. Subsequent phase projects thereafter will result in total completion by 2020.
- Construction will start in 2017 on the Future 'Landside Access Modernization Program LAMP' - (www.connectinglax.com) includes a new automated LAX Train, connecting passengers to the terminals from new airport facilities (Rental Car Center, multiple locations for passenger pick-up/ drop-off, and Metro’s planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th St. & Aviation Blvd.) The centerpiece is to be an elevated Automated People Mover (APM) - connecting Central Terminal Area (CTA) with new Intermodal Transportation Facilities at East & West, the METRO station and the Consolidated Rental Car Center( CONRAC).  The elevated 2.25 mile guideway will have six stations with pedestrian bridges to terminals, parking garages & 'fixed' facilities.  Construction will continue on to 2023.



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