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          1. Los Angeles International Airport

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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. 



            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



            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.


            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.

            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

            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.