In the USA, Los Angeles International Airport is the fifth largest one. The airport helps the passengers to fly over 200 destinations. Besides, over 67 airlines are operational here. Los Angeles Airport has seven terminals.

And San Francisco is the preferable destination for the travelers from this airport. Singapore is the longest distant destination from here. 

Los Angeles International Airport Guide:

The airport is locally termed as LAX. It serves the locals and tourists of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. 

To avoid air traffic noise, the airport is around 30 kilometers away. From the city center and residential areas. Los Angeles World Airports is the agency that takes care. The agency belongs to the government.   

Los Angeles International Airport, USA
Los Angeles International Airport, USA

The Los Angeles airport covers over 3000 acres of land. And there are four parallel runways in the airport.

At present, the airport is one of the busiest one in the USA. A large number of local and international travelers, and visitors crowd here. Everyday.

It also is famous for cargo transport across the USA.

The airport has a focus on certain cities. And some specific airlines have their office around the airport.

Los Angeles International Airport, USA

Because of the Preferential Runway Use Policy, the noise level is minimum. In daylight, the air traffic follows westerly operations. And at night times, the operation follows over-ocean operations.   

Background of Los Angeles international Airport:

The idea to establish a new airport in the city emerged in 1928. The land was of 640 acres. With gradual developments, the airport took the shape as it is today.  And it got the name as LAX – LA refers to Los Angeles.

The airport received the theme in 1962. It also underwent renovation for interior and lighting.

Earlier, the visitors could use the observation deck which is on the Theme Building. But the facility is not operational now. However, the airport has nine terminals. The number of gates is 132, altogether. About two million square feet spaces handle the cargo issues. In this airport.

Operational Airlines List:

Los Angeles airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aeromexico • Air Canada • Air China • Air France • Air Italy • Air New Zealand • ANA • Air Tahiti Nui • Alaska Airlines • Alitalia • Allegiant Air • American Airlines • ANA • Asiana Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • Boutique Airlines • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • China Airlines • China Eastern • China Southern • Copa • Delta • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Etihad Airways • EVA Air • Fiji Airways • Finnair • Frontier Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hawaiian Airlines • Hong Kong Airlines • Iberia • InterJet • Japan Airlines • JetBlue • KLM • Korean Airlines • LATAM • LOT • Lufthansa • Mokulele Airlines • Norwegian • Philippines Airlines • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Saudia Airlines • SAS • Sichuan Airlines • Singapore Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country • Swiss • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin Atlantic/Australia • Vivaaerobus • Volaris • WestJet • Xiamen Air • XL Airways.

Airport Lounges:

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Location: Terminal 6, Airside.
Alaska Lounge Location: Terminal 6, Airside, Mezzanine level, near Gate 64.
American Airlines Admirals Club Location: Multiple Locations – Terminal 4 (1), Terminal 5 (1) and American Eagle Regional Terminal (1).
Delta Sky Club Location: Multiple Locations – (1) in Terminal 2 and (2) in Terminal 3.
KAL Lounge Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal, Airside, 5th Floor.
Qantas Club Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal, Airside, 5th Floor.
United Club Location: Multiple Locations – (2) in Terminal 7.
USO Lounge Location: Arrivals Level (lower), across the road between Terminals 1 and 2, near the Theme Building
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Location: Terminal 2, Airside

More Services, Facilities & Things to do on a Layover at the Airport:

Art in the Airport – Rotating and permanent art exhibits are on display throughout the airport. If you’re lucky, you’ll also catch a live performance!

Los Angeles International Airport, USA

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in all terminals of LAX. In addition, a wide variety of retail stores, gift shops, and newsstands are available throughout the airport.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are nursing rooms for breastfeeding. Locations: T1, Gate 13 • T2, between Gates 21B & 23 • T3, by the Parlor • T4, by Sunglass Hut • T5, by the food court • T6, Gate 64B • T7/8, by Ashland Hill • TBIT, near Gate 150.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food or beverage concessions. Vending machines are available throughout the airport. However, if there is a flight delay, concessions near the gates (Terminal 1, 2, 3, 6 and TBIT) will remain open until the flight boards.

Information Desk – Volunteers are stationed at Information booths on the Arrivals Level of each terminal. Customer Service representatives are available in all terminals. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage – There is no luggage storage available at “due to safety reasons”. However, there is a company off-site that will pick up your luggage from LAX curbside and store it for you. When you need your luggage back, you call them and they deliver it back to the airport. Rates: from $7 – $13 per item for storage plus the $5.00 pick up and $5.00 drop off fee. Hours: open 24-hours. Contact LAX Luggage Storage.
  • Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Luggages carts are available from Smarte Carte. Fee: $5.00 (Cash and card payments are accepted). Locations: Arrivals Level of all Terminals and also in the Check-in Area of the TBIT.

Medical Services

  • Defibrillators – Devices are strategically located throughout the airport.
  • Medical Services – A first aid office is located on the Upper/Departure Level of the TBIT. Hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM. This is not a staffed location, use one of the phones outside the office and they will send assistance.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: on the departures and arrival levels in all terminals at LAX.
  • Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange (ICE) booth are located on the Departures Level of Terminals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and TBIT and on the Arrivals Level of Terminals 2, 5, 6 and TBIT. Cash advances (up to $300 USD) are available at the ICE booths at Terminals 2, 3, 5, 7 and TBIT. Hours of operation vary per location.

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: in the middle of the Central Terminal. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (open the second weekend of each month).

Pets

  • LAX PUPS – The LAX PUPS (Pets Unstressing Passengers) Program is one of the nation’s largest airport-run, therapy-dog programs aimed at providing a less stressful airport environment. All PUP volunteers and dogs are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc., a national organization that registers, insures, and supports members involved in volunteer animal-assisted activities. The dogs and handlers – both in red vests with the PUP logo — help to create a positive and friendly airport experience.
  • Pet Relief Area – Every terminal provides an Airside pet relief rooms. T3 and T6 offer outdoor atriums.

Post Office – Not available.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Cots – At times when there are major flight delays and cancellations, the airport has a limited supply of cots and blankets. One traveller tells us that in Terminal 4, you should look for them in the area of Gate 42. 

Shoeshine – If you are departing from T1, T4 or T7, head to Marvin’s Shoe Shine for a free shine.

Showers – LAX does not offer shower facilities for the general travelling public. There are a few lounges that have showers and the USO offers showers to military members. 

Smoking – Permitted outside on both the Lower/Arrivals Level and Upper/Departures Level at designated areas.

Spa – Treat yourself to a massage or maybe a manicure before your flight at XpresSpa. Locations: TBIT South Concourse (Hours: 9:00AM – 12:00AM) • Terminal 5, Airside (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:30PM). Be Relax. Location: Terminal 1, Airside (Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM).

Work Stations – Set up your own office space at one of the work stations available for passengers. Locations: throughout the terminals.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From the Airport:

LAX-it Shuttle:

Taxis and rideshares (Lyft, Opoli, Uber, etc) now depart from LAX-it, adjacent to Terminal 1.  A free shuttle departs each terminal from the Lower/Arrivals Level every 3 to 5 minutes.   Shuttles are equipped with WiFi, so you can connect with your ride while en-route.  Walking times are 3-8 minutes from Terminals 1 and 7 and 19 minutes  from Terminals 4 and 5.

Amtrak Connections:

For bus travel from the airport to the Amtrak Station, you’ll need to set aside 1 hour and 15 minutes if you travel by public transportation. A taxi ride will be significantly shorter at 35 minutes. You can grab a taxi at the curbside Lower/Arrival Level by the yellow signs. Shared ride vans are also an option. Two providers are authorized to operate, Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle.

Bus:

The LAX FlyAway is a popular scheduled non-stop bus service between all LAX terminals and Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood, Santa Monica and Hollywood. Buses are marked according to route and no reservation is required. As of this update, one-way fare starts at $8 per person (up to two children under 5 years old may travel for free per paying adult).

Car Rentals:

The following rental car companies operate on site at the airport: Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Fox • Hertz • National • Payless • Sixt • Thrifty. Location: look for the purple “Rental Car Shuttles” sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands outside baggage claim.

Public Transportation:

There is a free shuttle bus from the Metro Green Line Aviation Station and passengers should wait at the LAX Shuttle and Airline Connections sign outside each terminal, and board the ‘G’ shuttle. Alternatively, take the ‘C’ Shuttle from the same point to get to the Metro Bus Center for buses to greater Los Angeles. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Airport website.

Scheduled Buses:

A number of companies operate services between LAX and other parts of Los Angeles. Passengers should contact the companies for information beforehand. These scheduled buses are available on the lower/arrival level islands in front of each terminal.

Taxis:

Taxis are located at LAX-it, adjacent to Terminal 1.  Walk or take a free shuttle from the Green LAX-it signs located in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands. Authorized taxis display the official seal of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and are the only taxis allowed to service LAX.

Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttles:

Many area hotels and private airport parking lots provide courtesy airport shuttle service. These buses operate from an area in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands, marked by a red overhead sign that says “Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttle”.

LAX Shuttle/Airline Connections:

LAX offers a free shuttle service that operates throughout the airport grounds. These shuttles can be picked up in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level, in a designated area marked by an overhead blue sign that reads “LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections”.

Shared Ride Vans:

Shared ride vans pick up passengers in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level in an area marked by an overhead orange sign that says “Shared Ride Vans”. Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle are the authorized shared ride service providers for LAX, and provide door-to-door service in all southern California counties.

Los Angeles International Airport, USA info Summery:

Address: 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States
Code: LAX
Elevation: 38 m
Zip code: 90045
Phone: +1 855-463-5252

Alongside the airplane movement, the airport has heliport too. To meet the increasing needs. The options for future development is available. In that case, the airport shall be less crowded with the expansion.

And it also will allow landing larger aircrafts. Transiting between terminals is easier. The passengers can use shuttles. An automated people mover construction is also underway.

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