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).
NOTICES: Due to ongoing construction in and around the Central Terminal Complex for some years to come, it is strongly suggested that you take the low-cost FlyAway non-stop bus from Union Station, Van Nuys & Westwood; or 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.
LAX posts construction alerts at : www.laxishappening.com,  or at:  www.lawa.org/laxdev/RoadAlerts.aspx & la-next.com. The Construction hotline is 310-649-5392

Los Angeles International Airport has 9 passenger terminals within the 'Central Terminal Complex' - currently served by a U-shaped two-level roadway.
Current & Future Airport Developments:  Phase 1 of the Multi-Billion Dollar Airport Modernization has now been completed and early February 2015 Phase 2 started.
New consolidated SSCP
on the mezzanine level, with vertical access & south connector bridge will have access via elevator, escalator & stairs from both North & South by  March 2015.  East Gate phased construction is scheduled for 2015. 
    Terminal 1's transformation project will be done in phases until completion in 2018.
    Terminal 2 is currently adding space for new concessions - done in phases.
    Terminal 4: 
T4 connector to TBIT at post-security by late 2015; meanwhile shuttle buses connect to remote gates at airfield's west side.
    Terminal 5's Phase I Delta upgrades through 2015, doubling T5 in size.
    Terminals 6, 7 & 8: extension & overhaul work adds 29,000 sq.ft to United's Premium Airline Lounge (no timeline available).
    Satellite Concourse North: 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. Together with a new Automated People Mover, Metro Station, Consolidated Rental Car- & intermodal transportation facilities, traffic congestion will be considerably eased from terminal areas & nearby neighborhoods. Environmenal review process is ongoing and construction is to begin in 2017 including:
new automated LAX Tain connecting terminals to Rental Car Center, multiple pick-up & drop-off facilities, & Crenshaw Line station, will (a) provide quick access to terminals; (b) incude 3 stations inside the CTA (central terminal area), connecting to terminals by pedestrian walkway; (c) will enable passenger pickup /dropoff outside of the CTA; and (d) its design is for passengers with baggage in mind;
    - new  Rental Car Center will have everything in one location, connected to the terminals by LAX Train - improving efficienty, eliminating rental car shuttles, and providing access to major freeways;
   - new locations for arrival, departure, pickup/ dropoff outside of the CTA by LAX Train  (a)  will offer easy parking with direct LAX Train access,  (b) provide accessible meet & greet areas; (c) create new pickup /dropoff locations with access to other hotel & airport shuttles, & (d) include retail, dining options & other amenities;
   - offer a quick connection to Metro's planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th St. /Aviation Blvd - due to LAXTrain linking the Airport to Metro's transit station, providing regional connections.

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