Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Guide


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) serves LA and its surrounding metropolitan area in southern California. Located in the Westchester district in the city of Los Angeles, the airport is owned and operated by an agency within the city’s government and covers 3,500 acres. LAX is the world’s fourth busiest, and the U.S.’s second busiest airport. The airport, known for its distinctive, futuristic Googie-style Theme Building, was constructed in 1961, and resembles a flying saucer with four legs. The Los Angeles City Council designated the building a historic cultural monument in 1992.

LAX has nine passenger terminals with a total of 132 gates arranged in a horseshoe shape.

Airlines are located within terminals throughout LAX in the following configuration:
  • Terminal 1 - Occupied by Southwest Airlines for international passenger check-in
  • Terminal 2 - Occupied by Delta, Delta Connection, Aer Lingus, Aeroméxico, and Virgin Atlantic
  • Terminal 3 - Occupied by Delta, Delta Connection, and WestJet. Copa Airlines, Avianca, Virgin Australia and Interjet use Terminal 3 for passenger check-in 
  • Terminal 4 - Occupied by American Airlines
  • Terminal 5 - Occupied by American Airlines, American Eagle, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines
  • Terminal 6 - Occupied by Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Boutique Air, Mokulele Airlines, VivaAerobus, and XL Airways France
  • Terminal 7 - Occupied by United and United Express
  • Terminal 8 - Occupied by United and United Express
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B) - Occupied by Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, Air Italy, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EVA Air, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM Chile, LATAM Perú, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Scandinavian Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Turkish Airlines. XiamenAir uses TBIT for passenger check-in. Avianca, Copa Airlines, Interjet, Virgin Australia, and Volaris use this terminal for arrivals and departures. American Airlines, Delta, and United also use Terminal B for select destinations.

LAX features several dining and shopping options that offer local fare, well-loved American classics, and global cuisine. Find a full list of airport dining options here.

With two convenient locations, parking near LAX with The Parking Spot makes the car-to-air transfer a breeze! We help travelers find the best, most convenient and most cost-effective parking option. Find easy access to ample parking either south and east of LAX through The Parking Spot Century, or north and west of the airport at The Parking Spot Sepulveda. On average, parking with The Parking Spot is up to 40% less expensive than parking at the airport. Both lots are within mere minutes from LAX, and include complimentary door-to-door shuttle service.
Off-Site LAX Parking with The Parking Spot also include:
  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or TheParkingSpot.com
  • Shuttle service every 5-7 minutes from the parking lot to the airport
  • On-call shuttle hours between 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. 
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Soft Hands Car Care for select parking types
  • EV charging stations
  • Covered and uncovered parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Accepts reservations to save a spot ahead of time
  • Valet Parking with premium service and your car waiting upon your return

Planning a quick jaunt to the City of Angels? There are ample hotels within close proximity to LAX:
  • Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
    • 6225 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
    • Ph: 1.888.298.5628
  • Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard
    • 6161 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
    • Ph.: +1.844.631.0595
  • H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton
    • 6151 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
    • Ph.: +1.310.215.3000

The Theme Building is currently the home to the Bob Hope USO, which moved into the location in 2018. After September 11 2001, the observation level of the building was closed for security reasons, but was reopened after a major restoration in 2010 for weekend visitors. The building also houses a memorial to the victims of 9/11. Located in the LAX Imperial Terminal, adjacent to the airport’s airfield, the Flight Path Museum & Learning Center is a nonprofit, community based organization honoring aviation pioneers, recognizing the economic importance of the aviation industry and aerospace on southern California’s economy, and encouraging youth to pursue careers in aviation-related fields.

  • In-N-Out Burger (9149 S. Sepulveda Blvd.) is perfect for a quintessential LA burger and shake. Try favorites like the Double-Double and Animal Style french fries and watch planes overhead from their outdoor seating area. (0.5 miles from LAX)
  • Automobile Driving Museum (610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA) has a rotating collection of classic, vintage and antique cars for car enthusiasts to enjoy. (1.9 miles from LAX)
  • Marina del Rey is home to one of the largest man-made small boat harbors in the U.S. Take a walk, enjoy the sunshine, and relax right on the ocean’s edge. (6.1 miles from LAX) 

Q. How big is LAX?
A. LAX has nine terminals that form a horseshoe with a total of 228 gates.

Q. What times does LAX open/close?
A. LAX is open 24 hours/7 days a week. Airline counters open between 4 a.m and 5 a.m and close between 11:30 p.m and 2:30 a.m.

Q. Does LAX have a USO?
A. LAX has a USO. The Bob Hope USO Center is one of six LAX USO locations that is open 24/7

Q. What airlines fly into LAX?
A. Almost all major airlines fly into LAX, including Delta, United, and Southwest Airlines.

Q. Where is LAX?
A. LAX is located in the city of Los Angeles, and serves the city of LA and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Q. Where is TSA Precheck located?
A. TSA precheck is available for almost all airlines at LAX. The precheck office is located in Terminal 1 of the airport.

Q. How busy is LAX?
A. Over 1,600 flights go through LAX on a daily basis. In 2018, 87.5 million travelers arrived at or departed from the airport. That’s a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year.

Q. Can my pet fly at LAX?
A. Pets can fly through LAX. Dogs must always be on a leash outside the fenced-in relief area. Dogs must travel via pet carriers.

Q. Is LAX an international airport?
A. LAX is an international airport that serves the greater Los Angeles area.

Q. How early should I arrive for my flight at LAX?
A. When flying out of LAX, travelers should arrive two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.

Q. What can’t I take through TSA?
A. Any liquids over 3.4oz, ammunition, and sporting goods are not allowed through TSA.

Q. Can I vape at LAX?
A. LAX does not allow vaping in any of the terminals. There is a smoking area located within the international terminal.

Q. Where can I park at LAX?
A. There are many different on and off-site parking options on or near LAX. With two convenient locations, parking near LAX with The Parking Spot makes the car-to-air transfer a breeze!


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