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About Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport is the main international airport in Los Angeles, California and areas surrounding L.A. The airport is the largest and busiest airport in West Coast USA and one of the largest and busiest airports in the whole of the US. In addition to passenger traffic, the airport handles a lot of cargo traffic. 

The airport is the hub for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United, which is the biggest number of US legacy carriers based at one airport in the whole of the US.

The airport opened in 1930 under the name 'Mines Field' and was renamed Los Angeles Airport in 1941 and, later, Los Angeles International Airport in 1949, which is what it's known as today. 

Los Angeles International has had many major expansions over the years. In the early 1960s, four new terminals were built, numbered 2–5. In preparation for the 1984 Summer Olympics, the airport undertook a major renovation and expansion, with two new terminals built and terminal 2 completely rebuilt. The airport had another multi-billion renovation in the mid-2010s.

Los Angeles International Airport is expected to undergo another expansion in the coming years as the city will host the Summer Olympics once again in 2028. 

In total, the airport has nine different terminals.

What is the airport code for Los Angeles International Airport?

The airport code for Los Angeles International Airport is LAX.

Airport Location

Los Angeles International Airport is located southwest of Downtown Los Angeles in the Westchester district. If the traffic is good, it takes 30–40 minutes to drive between LAX and downtown L.A. However, during busier times, it can take up to 90 minutes. 

 

Facilities

Inside LAX International Airport

Credit: Kevin Paniagua on Wikimedia Commons

Facilities Include:

  • WIFI
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Medical facilities
  • Passenger assistance
  • Airport lounges
  • Baggage storage
  • Internet kiosks
  • Car rental

Lounges by terminal:

Terminal 1

  • US Airways Club

 

Terminal 2

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
  • Air New Zealand Koru Club
  • Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club
  • Air France Club

 

Terminal 3

  • Alaska Airlines Board Room

 

Terminal 4

  • American Airlines Admiral's Club
  • American Airlines Flagship Lounge
  • Qantas Club

 

Terminal 5

  • Delta Air Lines Sky Club

 

Terminal 6

  • Continental Airlines Presidents Club

 

Terminal 7

  • United Airlines International First Class Lounge
  • United Airlines Red Carpet Club

 

Terminal 8

No lounges

 

Tom Brady International Terminal

  • Star Alliance Lounge
  • SkyTeam Alliance Lounge
  • Oneworld Alliance Lounge
  • EIAI King David Lounge
  • reLAX Lounge

 

Runways

Los Angeles International Airport Runway

Credit: Umair Shaikh on Flickr

The airport has four runways — 06L/24R, 06R/24L, 07L/25R and 07R/25L. 

06L/24R and 06R/24L are located north of the airport, while 07L/25R and 07R/25L are located south of the airport. Both 06R/24L and 07L/25R are primarily used for departing flights, whereas 06L/24R and 07R/25L are used for arriving flights.

Terminals

Los Angeles International Airport has nine different terminals. Terminals are numbered 1–8, with the ninth terminal named Tom Brady International Airlines, after Californian NFL player Tom Brady. All terminals can be travelled between by shuttle bus. Terminals 4–8 and the Tom Brady International Terminal can all be travelled between by underground or overground tunnel.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is used exclusively by Southwest, both for domestic flights and international check-in. This terminal is currently undergoing a big renovation to modernise and update its facilities. 

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is used by Delta and Delta connection, as well as some international airlines such as Aer Lingus and Aeromexico. The terminal underwent a massive renovation that was finished in 2019. 

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is used by Delta and Delta Connection, as well as other international airlines, including flights to South America with Avianca and Copa Airlines.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 is used exclusively by American Airlines. It has a direct link to Tom Brady International Airport so that passengers can easily connect to the southern terminals.

Terminal 5

Terminal 5 facilitates only-US carrier. It mostly has domestic flights from airlines such as American Eagle, Allegiant, Frontier, Spirit and Sun Country. However, there are some international flights from JetBlue.

Terminal 6

There's a mix of domestic and international flights at Terminal 6 with flights from airlines such as Alaska Airlines, Air Canada and Mokulele Airlines. The terminal recently underwent a multi-million refurbishment project. 

Terminal 7

Terminal 7 is used exclusively by United Airlines and United Express

 

Terminal 8

Similar to Terminal 7, Terminal 8 is exclusively by United Airlines and United Express. The terminal underwent a multi-million renovation that finished in 2017.

Tom Brady International Terminal

Tom Brady International Terminal is the newest and largest terminal with the most gates. The terminal handles most international flights at the airport and the biggest variety of airlines.

 

Airlines that fly to Los Angeles International Airport

Alaska, American Airlines, Delta and United each use Los Angeles International Airport as a hub.

Take a look at the table below to see a full list of airlines that fly to/from the airport.

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Aer Lingus Ireland
Aeroflot Russia
Aeromexico & Aeromexico Connect Mexico
Air Canada Canada
Air China China
Air France France
Air Italy Italy
Air New Zealand New Zealand
Air Tahiti Nui France
Alaska Airlines USA
Alitalia  Italy
All Nippon Airways Japan
Allegiant Air USA
American Airlines USA
American Eagle USA
Asiana Airlines South Korea
Austrian Airlines Austria
Avianca Colombia
Avianca Costa Rica Costa Rica
Avianca El Salvador El Salvador
Boutique Air USA
British Airways England
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
China Airlines China
China Eastern China
China Southern China
Copa Airlines Panama
Delta & Delta Connection USA
El Al Israel
Emirates UAE
Etihad Airways UAE
EVA Air Taiwan
Fiji Airways Fiji
Finnair Finland
Frontier Airlines USA
Hainan Airlines China
Hawaiian Airlines USA
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Iberia Spain
Interjet Mexico
Japan Airlines Japan
JetBlue USA
KLM Netherlands
Korean Air South Korea
LATAM Chile Chile
LATAM Perú Peru
LOT Polish Airlines Poland
Lufthansa Germany
Mokulele Airlines USA
Norwegian Norway
Philippine Airlines The Philippines
Qantas Australia
Qatar Airways Qatar
Saudia Saudi Arabia
Scandinavian Airlines Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Sichuan Airlines China
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Southwest Airlines USA
Spirit Airlines USA
Sun Country Airlines USA
SWISS Switzerland
Thomas Cook England
Turkish Airlines Turkey
United Airlines & United Express USA
Virgin Atlantic USA
Virgin Australia Australia
VivaAerobus Mexico
Volaris Mexico
Volaris Costa Rica Costa Rica
WestJet Canada
XiamenAir  China

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Routes

May 2018–April 2019
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 San Francisco, California 1,923,350 Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United
2 New-York-JFK, New York 1,741,640 Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue
3 Las Vegas, Nevada 1,523,610 Alaska, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta,
Southwest, Spirit, United
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 1,423,800 Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier, Spirit, United
5 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 1,243,640 Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Spirit, United

Top International Routes

2016
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 London-Heathrow 1,626,448 Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British Airways,
United, Virgin Atlantic
2 Mexico City 1,205,870 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Delta, Interjet, Volaris
3 Seoul-Incheon 1,184,160 Asiana, Korean Air
4 Hong Kong 1,094,555 American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong
5 Guadalajara 976,159 Aeroméxico, Alaska, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris

How to get to Los Angeles International Airport

 

By driving

Los Angeles International Airport can be accessed by World Way North, where there are signs directing you straight to the airport terminals.

Cars are available for hire at the airport. 

By taxi

Taxis can be ordered from your place of accommodation. Only licensed taxis are allowed to drive to the airport. A taxi costs around $46 USD when travelling from Downtown LA to the airport. 

Alternatively, taxi apps, such as Uber and Lyft are available in the city. 

By metro/flyaway bus

The best way to get to Los Angeles International by metro is to travel to Union Station metro and then transfer to LAX on the flyaway bus. This is a good option for most places in Los Angeles, except for if you're travelling from Long Beach or South Bay. In which case, it's a better idea to get the rail.

By rail

Take the rail to Aviation/LAX station, where you can get a free shuttle directly to the airport terminals. This is best reached on the Blue Line from Long Beach and the Green Line from South Bay.