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Los Angeles LAX Airport Overview

Los Angeles International Airport LAX is California's largest - and the Country's the 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 an estimated 64 million passengers annually, 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).

NOTICE:
1. To get to LAX 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.
2. For passenger pickup, either park your car and enter the passenger terminal, or use the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located at 96th St. & Vicksburg Av. intersection - adjacent to Economy Lot C entrance.
3. As construction is ongoing until 2016, LAX posts construction alerts at lawa.org/laxdev/RoadAlerts.aspx & la-next.com. The Constructon hotline is 310-6499-5292

Los Angeles International Airport has 9 passenger terminals within the 'Central Terminal Complex' - currently served by a U-shaped two-level roadway.
 
Future Airport Developments:  
1. The 'new' Bradley terminal
opened Sept. 2013, with ongoing work to be completed by 2015:
a. During 2014, TBIT's South Concourse will be demolished; and each of the new West gates (151, 153 155, 157 & 159) will be completed with new boarding bridges & ground equipment.  Only thereafter the North Concourse will be demolished and phased construction of East gates is scheduled for 2015.
b. May 2014: Six security screening lanes at south security screening checkpoint (SSCP) will be relocated to the north (close to the current north SSCP, which will remain there).
c. October 2014: A consolidated SSCP on the mezzanine level, with vertical access & south connector bridge should be completed.,
d. March 2015: the new consolidated SSCP on mezzanine level, will have access via elevator, escalator & stair  from both North & South.
2. Construction on 'Curbside Appeal Project - Spring 2014 - 2015 - done in phases, are being announced on AX social media and real-time traffic map (open lawa.orga/laxtrafficmaps.aspx). 
3. Terminal 5's Phase I renovation will be ongoing until 2015, when it will have doubled its size. However, trendy new concessions were already added in 2013.
4. Terminals 6, 7 & 8: extension & overhaul work:  (United at T6, T7 & T8 (adding 29,000 sq.ft to the Premium Airline Lounge); Delta at T5 & Southwest at T1).
5. At more distant Future:  The green light has been given to a planned massive reconstruction of LAX, involving relocation of a runway, adding a light-rail station linked to the city's public transit system and to the terminals by an elevated people mover, as well as the eventual demolition of Terminals 1, 2 & 3.  No time frame has yet been announced.





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