Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Guide
Los Angeles International Airport also commonly referred to by its code LAX is a major international airport located in west Los Angeles, California. LAX serves as the primary airport of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area along with the John Wayne Airport (mainly domestic service) serving as a secondary airport. LAX is known for its unique control tower and "Theme building" (looks like a UFO) LAX has 9 terminals, 4 major runways and facilities capable of handling Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 aircraft. In terms of passenger traffic, LAX is the 7th busiest airport in the world and 3rd busiest in the United States.
Los Angeles International Airport has 9 terminals arranged in the shape of a horseshoe and terminals 4-8 are connected by a underground tunnel and above ground walkways while terminals 1-3 are not connected and require passengers to leave the sterile area and bypass security at the other terminal. All terminals are independant facilities with their own pickup/dropoff, checkin counters, shops, TSA security checkpoints, restaurants and baggage claim. Terminal 1 has 15 gates and exclusively houses Southwest Airlines. Terminal 2 was the original international terminal and has 11 gates and houses most foreign carriers that do not utilize the new Bradley International Terminal. These airlines are Aer Lingus, Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Avianca, Dynamic Airways, Hainin Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Interjet, Qatar, Sun Country Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet and XL Airways France. Terminal 3 has 12 gates and is utilized by Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue and Virgin America. Terminal 4 has 16 gates and exclusively houses American Airlines and their regional carrier American Eagle. Terminal 5 has 15 gates and is used by Delta Airlines, Delta also has US customs for international arrivals. Terminal 6 has 14 gates and houses Alaskan Airlines, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines and Great Lakes Airlines. Terminal 7 has 11 gates and houses United Airlines. Terminal 8 has 9 gates and exclusively houses United Express. The Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) has 18 gates and houses most foreign carriers not houses in terminal 2. TBIT houses Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathy Pacific, China Airlines, China Easter Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EL AL, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, LATAM Chile/Peru, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Philippine Airlines, Quantas, Saudi, Scandinavian, Singapore airlines, Swiss International, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Australia and WOW Air. LAX has many terminals though they all follow a similar design and should be easy to navigate.
There are many facilities on the airport grounds that cater to any travelers needs. There are many parking options for travelers such as airport economy parking to local parking companies. There are also many car rental facilities on the grounds, and practically all of them are affiliates of All Star Travel. These fine companies include Alamo, Dollar, Budget and many more. The airport is located 13 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and is around a 25-80 minute drive on Interstate 105 East - Interstate 110 North to downtown. With countless facilities to cater to each travelers needs, getting in and out of Los Angeles is a breeze!
LAX is one of the premier "gateways of the Pacific Rim." As the largest international airport on the west coast, LAX is a major gateway to and from Europe, Latina America, Asia and Oceania. LAX is a world class airport that serves as one of the most important connection points between major municipalities.
-LAX is a hub for American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America
-LAX is one of the few airports to have 4 Parallel runways (others include Detroit Metro Airport, Orlando International Airport, etc)
-LAXs control tower is 277ft tall
-The X in LAX has no specific meaning in its identifier, it was just was added to the airports original code LA when the aviation industry expanded
-LAX is one of the worlds busiest "Origin and Destination" Airports
-LAX has more Airbus A380 aircraft service than any other American city
-LAX is known for its famous "theme" building near the control tower