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  • LAX layover (international to domestic)
    Feb 10, 2013
    1
    Hi, we arrive at 9:30am at Terminal 5 on Delta airlines on a Saturday. We are looking to book a Southwest domestic flight, which I understands leaves from Terminal 1 at 11:20am. Is 1hr 50 mins enough time to clear customs, collect our luggage and check into our SW flight? Thanks in advance.

     

    After arrival at LAX, going through passport check, picking up bags and going through customs clearance (30-50 mins) you would need to take your bag along to T1 and check it in with Southwest first (as you make separate reservations), before going through security check and proceeding to your gate. All terminals are served by the LAX bus Route A on lower arrival level island in front of each terminal, under sign 'LAX shuttle airline connection', which runs every 12-15 mins. Your next stops after T5 would be T6, T7, T8, around the bend to T1 - another 10 mins. Your transfer time should be adequate, but hurry.

     

  • Transfer time
    Feb 7, 2013
    1
    Hi, I am arriving to terminal B at 12:40 and have a connecting flight leaving terminal 7 exactly 2 hours later. Is this enough time to clear customs, recheck the bags, go thru security and get the next flight? thanks

     

    At LAX, you only need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance if you are an international arrival. Terminals 8 & 7 are connected by a short walkway outside. At T7 you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. Make sure your first airline transfers bags to your second one, if not, you would have to take your bags to T7 and check them in with your connecting airline first.

     

  • Luggage Transfer
    Feb 7, 2013
    2
    Hi, I'm due to Arrive in LAX with Virgin Atlantic and catch a connecting flight with Air Tahiti. Will Virgin Atlantic check my luggage through to my Air Tahiti flight? What is the process if they will / will not? Thanks for your help

     

    Virgin Atlantic arrives in Terminal 2 and Air Tahiti Nui leaves out of Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal. Either way you need to collect your luggage in LAX and go thru passport and customs. I doubt Air Tahiti has a representative in Term 2. You can either walk to the Bradley Int'l Term (you walk outside for 10 minutes) or catch LAX Connection Bus. LAX is shaped like a horseshoe and Bradley is the closed portion at the end. Have fun!! http://patstravelreviews.com/

     

    If you are an international arrival at LAX, you need to go through passport check, pick up your bags and go through customs clearance. As Virgin Atlantic (arriving at Terminal 2) most likely would not transfer your bags to your Air Tahiti flight, you will have to take your bag to the connecting Bradley Terminal ("TBIT"), check your bag in, go through security check and on to your gate. You can take the LAX blue bus on the isle across from T2 to TBIT, coming around every 12-15 mins and taking about 5 mins to TBITl.

     

  • flight schedule
    Feb 2, 2013
    0
    how can i track a passenger in route flight on eastern china airline?

     

  • terminal change
    Feb 3, 2013
    1
    We need to go from terminal 1 to terminal 4 at LAX. We have 1 hour 15 min to do it. Can we make it? Southwest to American airlines to Hawaii. Will we need to pick up bags in between?

     

    Yes, you will have to pick up your bags, take them to T4, and re-check them, then go through security again. I would try to change your Southwest flight to an earlier one as that's an awful lot to do in 1:15. Southwest does not check bags through to other airlines nor accept transfer bags from other airlines.

     

  • Min time for 2 international flights
    Jan 31, 2013
    1
    I want to book a flight from Belize City which is due to arrive 19:10 and my flight home to Melbourne leaves at 23:30. Is this enough time to clear customs (perhaps twice?) and allow for any delays? BZE flight will be with United, Melbourne flight with Qantas

     

    1. Find out first if United will transfer your bags to Qantas - if not, you need to take your bags and check them in with Qantas. 2. At LAX, Qantas uses Terminals 4 and the Bradley Terminal (TBIT, or TB); United uses Terminals 6, 7 & 8. 3. International arrivals need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag where indicated. 4. All terminals are served by the LAX bus Route A on lower arrival level island in front of each terminal, under sign 'LAX shuttle airline connection', which runs every 12-15 mins. Starting from TBIT, the next stops are at Terminals T4 –T8, it then goes on to the opposite side with T1, T2, T3 and back to TBIT. Count on 3 minutes for each stop. 5. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/lax, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

  • I hour 45 min stop
    Nov 30, 2012
    1
    Hi i was wondering if anyone could tell me if I have enough time to change flights in LA. I arrive from Sydney-LAX at 6.45am and catch a connecting flight to San Fransico at 8.30am. the flights are both through Delta and it is a connecting flight.

     

    At LAX, you arrive and depart via Delta at Terminal 5. As an international arrival you need to go through passport check, pick up bag and go through customs clearance - then re-check-in your bag where indicated; then proceed to your connecting gate: on the Departures level, after TSA Screening, are gates 51 to 59 - divided into clusters of 50A -51B gates, 52A -53B gates and 54A -59 gates). The overhead screens will indicate your flight and gate numbers. You will still have time to have a bite to eat or peruse the dty-free shop in the gateway area.

     

  • Las Vegas to Lax
    Nov 11, 2012
    2
    Hi, I am flying from Las Vegas at 5.34am and arriving at LAX at 6.50am. I have a flight from Tom Bradley terminal B at 8.45 to NYC with Qantas ( it's the second leg of an international flight. Is there sufficient time to get that flight to NYC if all flights are on time as advertised. I have no idea which terminal the Skywest United Express flight arrives at LAX.

     

    United Express (operated by Skywest) uses both Terminals 7 (gates 70-77 and Terminal 8, gates 80-88. You need to find out from Skywest whether they will transfer your bags on arrival to the Bradley departure flight; if not, you need to claim your bag at T7 or T8 and take it along to Bradley, checking it in with Qantas. 2. All three flights up to NYC are domestic flights! 3. To get to Bradley Terminal from either T7 or T8, you need to exit the terminal and take the LAX bus Route A on lower arrival level island in front of each terminal, under sign 'LAX shuttle airline connection', which runs every 12-15 mins - your next stops after T7 are T8, around the bend to T1, T2, T3 & Bradley - 5 stops or 12 mins. At Bradley you need to go through security check before moving on to your connecting gate. You have plenty of time at LAX for transfer.

     

    I really appreciate your assistance. Man, the airlines should be spitting you coin! Awesome and appreciated. Best wishes. Paul

     

  • Time needed from Customs to Domestic
    Nov 7, 2012
    1
    I am arriving from an International flight to LAX arriving at 7:00 pm on a Wednesday evening. My domestic flight departs 2 hours 10 minutes later. I am a US citizen. WILL 2 HOURS BE ENOUGH TIME TO GET THRU CUSTOMS and walk to Terminal 7, clear security and still make my flight! THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH!

     

    Your time is sufficient. Note that ALL international arrivals need to go through passport control, pick up bags, go through customs clearance & re-check-in bags where indicated, if continuing flight. You did not mention which terminal you arrive at - terminals are arranged in a U shape - TBIT, the international terminal is in the center, T4-T8 are to the right, T3-T1 to the left. You can use the tunnel between T5 & T7. Otherwise you need to take the LAX bus Route A on lower arrival level island in front of each terminal, under sign 'LAX shuttle airline connection', which runs every 12-15 mins. Starting from TBIT, the next stops are at Terminals T4 –T8, it then goes on to the opposite side with T1, T2, T3 and back to TBIT. Count on 3 minutes for each stop. In either case you need to go through security check at T7 before proceeding to your gate.

     

  • 39 Layover Time
    Oct 19, 2012
    1
    Hi, I got very tight layover time from my Phoenix flight to LA. I'm bound to Narita with the same terminal (Terminal 5 arrival from Phoenix, departure to Narita) a shown in my eTicket. I'll be travelling with Delta all the way. I tried rebooking my Phoenix flight but Delta told me to have it with the agency who booked me. Until now I'm not receiving any response from the agency I think I need to bear this short layover time. Any tip on how to go about this? Thanks.

     

    Yes, at LAX Delta uses Terminal 5 for in- & outgoing planes. As T5 has only gates 50-69, your transfer time is a matter of minutes.

     

  • T5 AND TB
    Oct 15, 2012
    2
    Hi, I am flying from Austraila to LAX arriving T5. My Mum flying from China to LAX arriving TBIT. She will be 30 mins later than me and she does not speak English. After landing, can I go to TB from T5 and then do the custom and immigration with her? I do not have check in bags. Or where do you guys think is the best place for us to meet? we do not have phones. Thanks!!!

     

    On arrival at LAX Airport, your mother will need to go through passport control, pick up bags, go through customs clearance. For special permit to get to the arrivals gate, you would have to go to her airline's ticket counter and get a pass. Otherwise, she should simply follow the crowd - all of whom will need to go through the same procedure - then simply meet her in the Arrivals area, near the information counter.

     

    Hi, thank you so much for your reply! I wish to confirm that there will be only 1 arrivals areas, no matter which terminals we coming from. Thank you

     

  • Getting around
    Oct 5, 2012
    1
    How do I get from Terminal 4 to Terminal B

     

    On arrival at LAX Airport, exit terminal 4 - from there you have two choices: take the LAX blue line bus on the isle in front of T4 to T8: the bus comes around every 12-15 mins and will make 4 stops (10 mins); or you can walk (to the right is Terminal 5, take escalator down to tunnel, which connects T5, T6 & T7, take escalator at T7 up, exit T7 and take the short walkway to T8.

     

  • gate 77
    Sep 8, 2012
    0
    The two gates are nearly side by side in terminal 7 at LAX. All gates on terminal 7 are in the severties ie 7XX like 79 or 76a, They are in order according to the gate number, with extra gates being a and b on one number.

     

  • Tom Bradley Term to AA Term 4
    Sep 6, 2012
    1
    My parents don't speak any English. They will fly in to Tom Bradley International terminal,and their connection flight is with American Airline ( I believe it's at terminal 4). They have 2 hours layover. Could someone please tell me how to get from International terminal to terminal 4? Thanks in advance.

     

    1. On arrival at LAX your parents need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bags. However, if their initial airline will not transfer bags to the AA Terminal 4 connecting gate (not all airlines do), they need to take their bags to Terminal 4 (using Skycap) and check in at AA counter. 2. After customs clearance, they will need to exit the TBIT (Bradley) and walk to the left to Terminal 4 around the corner, where they will have to go through security check before proceeding to their gate. On entering the Terminal they should pay attention to the overhead screens to find their connecting flight number and gate. They have enough time for transfer. Universal signs will guide them.

     

  • 36mins change over
    Aug 29, 2012
    1
    I am landing in LAX with United (domestic flight), and have only 36minutes to get to my international flight, which is also with United. I am worried that this is not enough time. What possible problems/issues should I be prepared for? Also, will I need to collect my luggage from the domestic terminal, or will it be transported for me to my international flight? Lastly, as I will be transferring to an international flight, will I go through all the passport/customs etc procedures when I first check into my domestic flight, or when I get to my international flight? I thought I needed to be at the airport at least 3 hours before taking an international flight . . . . Any assistance would be much appreciated. Thanks.

     

    At LAX, United serves Terminals 6, 7 & 8. While T6 & T7 can be accessed via tunnel, a short walking path connects T7 & T8. If you need to switch terminals, you need to go through security check at your departure terminal - 36 mins would be extremely short for a transfer. (Arrive at your initial airport 90 mins prior to your flight departure - your bags will be automatically transferred to your connecting flight). Only international ARRIVALS need to go through customs clearance procedure. For more information, open www.ifly.com/lax, then click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     





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