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.  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.  For TTY - call California Relay Service at 1-800 735-2929.
- 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. 
The following Airlines (AL) recently started or will start service to:
- Alaska AL to Cuba (as of Jan. 5, 2017)
- American AL to Hong Kong, China
- Lot Polish AL to Warsaw
- Sichuan to Chengdu, China
- Singapore  AL to Incheon, Korea
- Southwest AL to 3 destinations in Mexico
- SWISS AL to Zurich, Switzerland
- WOW Air to Iceland
- Virgin Australia AL to Melbourne
- Xiamen AL to Xiamen, China in June 2017.
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:  www.laxishappening.com/ 
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.

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 detailed text. Each terminal description includes the latest updates). 

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: Of the 4 mandated Runway Improvements - 3 are already completed and work started on the fourth runway (7L/25R) on Oct. 22, 2016.
Ongoing /upcoming Projects are broken down into three separate programs - A (Terminals), B (MSC North Program); C (new T1.5 ; and D (LAMP):
Program A: TERMINALS (see all Terminals and their progress /status as of Nov. 2016 at 'Terminal Maps' (scroll down to text). 
- Program B: The MSC North Program of the future 2-level Midfield Satellite Concourse (located west of the Bradley Terminal) is done in phases.  Phase 1 includes construction of 11 gates - to be completed by late 2016 -  intended to serve both domestic & international traffic and provide flexibility and reducing reliance on West Remote gates during upgrades of other LAX terminals. (Subsequent phase projects thereafter will result in total completion by 2020.)
- Program C: New Terminal 1.5 - a 417,515 sw.foot building with 6 levels - will cover 400 feet between T1 & T2, (but necessitates demolish of one of T1's boarding gates). plans were approved in Dec. 2016 - extending space for ticketing, security, screening & baggage claim, and will connect to both T1 & T2.  It is expected that T1% will open in summer 2019
 - Program D: Future 'Landside Access Modernization Program LAMP':  Federal & Local approvals needed first to be obtained: The final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released, and by 4.Q '16 certification of EIR project approval is expected. By third quarter 2017, the final Environmental Assessment will be released and actual construction will start  - with phase 1*.  It will include 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.) see: www.connectinglax.com.
The elevated Automated People Mover (APM)
is the centerpiece, representing the first phase of the LAMP project.  It is to connect the three on-Airport stations to the Metro Rail and transit services connecting Central Terminal Area (CTA) with new Intermodal Transportation Facilities at East & West, the METRO station and the Consolidated Rental Car Center (CONRAC near I-405 at Manchester Square (housing 20 rentalcar offices). 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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