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.

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.)
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 scheduled for 2015.   Current terminal status as of July 31, 2015:
    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 3:  Until Oct. '15 the pedestiran bridge between T3 & Parking 3 are closed for ongoing P3 improvements.  Airlines using gates 30-32 need to be towed. 
    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;
Terminal 5:  Phase I Delta upgrades through Summer 2015, doubling T5 in size and include minor renovations at the Delta Sky Club.
    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:  By late June the 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. 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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