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 80.9 million passengers in 2016, 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.
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/
*** Airline Terminal Relocation of 15 airlines between May 12 - 17, 2017 involved 21 airlines and nearly 70 airline partners to relocate their operations - many of them to new terminals, others to new ticket counters in their current home. Relocation was done overnight and operations resumed at the new location the next morning. Delta relocated from T5 /T6 to T2/T3; JetBlue relocated from T3 to T5. Qatar Airways completed its relocation from T2 to the Bradley Terminal. Extra staff is at hand to be of assistance to passengers; however, it is important that passengers contact their airline prior to departing to the Airport. ***
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). Shuttle signs: (a) LAX with bus: the free LAX shuttle airline connections & Metro Green Line Station, serves all terminals; (b) Black outer circle with brown inner circle and bus: private parking shuttles pick-up & drop-off to Lot C and to City Bus Center on 96th Street (free).
Airlines in Terminals 1 - 8.
- T1 is exclusively for Southwest
- T2 is for Aeromexico, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Avianca, Hainan, Hawaiian, Interjet, Qatar, Sun Country, Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet and X Airways France.
- T3 is for Allegiant, Boutique, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, Virgin America, and Virgin Australia (departures only).
- T4 is for American
- T5 is for American, American Eagle and Delta
- T6 is for Alaska, Copa (departures only), Delta, Great Lakes, and Mokulele.
- T7/T8 houses United and United Express.
Airlines assigned to the Bradley International Terminal:
Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air China, Air France, Air new Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Brtish, Cathay, China, China Easern, China Southern, Copa (some arrivals), El Al, Emiorates, Ethiopian, Etihad, EVA, Fiji, Iberia, Japan, KLM, orean, AN, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Philippine, Qantas, Saudia, Scandinavian, Sichuan, Singapore, Swiss, Transaero, Turkish, Virgin Australia (arrivals only) and WOW Air.
Terminals 1 - 7 have their parking Garages across from the street, except T8, which shares with T7 (across from T2 are garages 2A & 2B).
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. In April 2017, the preparation work for the construction site of the new Midfield Satellite Concouse MSC has now been completed, and foundation construction started.
As of May 2017 $508M Upgrades are presently in Progress:
- New terminal design with open & expanded views of flight operations outside;
- Modernized concourse with redesigned waiting areas and larger restrooms
- 24 new retail and dining concepts, including 3 new full-service restaurants
- fully automated checked-baggage inspection and sorting system
- new passenger boarding bridges
- more charging stations.
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, completed 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 demolishion 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 T15 will open in summer 2019.
- Program D: Future 'Landside Access Modernization Program LAMP': As of April 2017
LAX has permission to proceed on its four separate plans: The LAX Plan, the Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan, Mobility Plan 2035 and the LAX Specific Plan. LAMP’s construction will include automated people mover system with 6 stations, transporting passengers between Central terminal area CTA and the other main project components east of the CTA; a Consolidated rental car facility (ConRAC); and 2 new intermodal transport facilities (including public parking & passenger dropoff/ pickup areas; and planned roadway improvements throughout the LAX area.
- Phase 1
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.
- Delta is planning to modernize and connect Terminals 2 & 3 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal
'over the next 7 years' - a $1.9B project.