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 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. (the second time listing represents the following day).
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).
   1. 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).
    2. 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.
    3. As 5 of the 9 terminals is 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.
    4. HMSHost offers the 'Gourmet Street Truck' in Terminal 4, offering L.A's bes of diverse cousine with Mexican flavors

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' section.)
(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 Multi-Billion Dollar Airport Modernization started February 2015:   New consolidated SSCP on the mezzanine level now has vertical access; the south connector bridge now has access by elevator/ escalator /stairs from both North & South, while East Gate phased construction is soon to be completed:
    Terminal 1's transformation project will be done in phases until completion in 2018. Southwest gates 9, 10, 11A & 11B will intermittently open during summer '15; while barricades at T1 at west side of all levels will be in place until late 2015.
    Terminal 2 added space for new concessions by Summer '15 - with new concessions moving in. All T2 construction is to be completed in 2016.
    Terminal 4:  T4 connector to TBIT at post-security by late 2015; meanwhile shuttle buses connect to remote gates at airfield's west side. New ticketing counters are open;
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 - however, due to current limited food concessions, passengers may want to opt for either T5, T7 or T8 - reached via  tunnnels or walkways.   The connector corridor between T7/8 was reduced by 10 feet.  Gate 71A waiting area is temporarily closed.
renovation project is ongoing until Dec. 2017.
    TBIT /Bradley International Terminal:  Recently he south side of the mezzanine-level security screen checkpoint opened, and Customs & Border Protection opened a secondary baggage sceening area. The connector to T4 is to be completed by late 2015.
    Midfield Satellite Concourse North ('MSC North') with 11 gates: Phase 1 completion by late 2016;  total completion by 2020.

Future 'Landside Access Modernization Program
' (see 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 Consolidated Rental Car facility (CONRAC), with stops at new parking facilities and a station connecting with the Metro system.  The elevated 2.25 mile guideway will have six stations, pedestrian bridges to terminals, parking garages & 'fixed' facilities.  CONRAC will house all rental car agencies. Construction will start in 2017 and continue on to 2023.

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