Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles Airport
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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located on the west side of Los Angeles. LAX Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and majorly serves the U.S. for flights to and from Asia and Oceania.
Los Angeles International Airport has 9 terminals in a U-shape layout and extensive distances between them. The international Tom Bradley Terminal (TBIT) is at the bottom, along North Terminals 1, 2, & 3, and South Terminals 4 through 8.
To save time and energy, you can board the free shuttle buses that travel between terminals every 10 to 15 minutes. If you choose to walk, check the distances between each terminal on the LAX terminal map.
Terminal 1 has 12 gates which are Gates 9, 11A-11B, 12A-12B, 13-15, 16, 17A-17B, and 18A-18B, the Bus Gate. The terminal is presently experiencing a major $477.5 million extension into a formerly open area to improve accessibility between the terminals. This includes the first Terminal Vertical Core that will connect the building to the pedestrian walkway to the potential CTA Center Automated People Mover Station.
The modernization project should ease congestion and improve the passenger experience. New constructions include a bus port, extra restrooms, a service-animal relief area, extra ticket counters, and baggage carousels. In addition, passenger check-in at Terminal 1 will be bused to Terminal B (Tom Bradley International West Gates) for the departure/arrival of flights.
Airlines at Terminal 1
Terminal 2 operates 12 gates: Gates 21, 21B, 22, 23A-23B, 24, 25A-25B, 26A-26B, 27, and 28. Gates 20-28 are presently part of the new LAX Delta Terminal 3 complex and are accessible from Terminal 3. West Jet Airline Check-in is at T2, while security screening and plane departures are at T3. The terminal has a commercial area, dining terrace, and 'The Strand' (a dining/shopping area at LAX that leads to a mezzanine & cafe). The departures level for Terminal 2 provides food & drink retail outlets, which include a nursing room, free Wi-Fi, and duty-free ICE currency exchange. The Arrivals level handles ATM & currency exchange, baggage carts, E-savvy, Interactive visitor’s centers, volunteer info professionals, Univision & Starbucks.
The gates from Terminal 2 have been recently unified into Terminal 3. The newly renovated and extended Terminal 3 concourse on the LAX map has 11 gates: Gates 31B, 32, 33A, 33B, 34, 35, 35P, 36, 37A, 37B, and 38, and additional concessions and retail outlets in the nearest future.
Terminal 3’s departures level hosts a food court with Burger King & Starbucks, DFS Duty-free and ICE currency exchange, 2 other restaurants, Hudson's News shop & and newsstands. The Arrivals Level has an interactive Visitors Center, baggage cars, an ATM, and Volunteer Info Professionals. Beyond Gate 30, the Service-animal relief area is opened.
Airlines directory at Terminal 3
Terminal 4 exclusively serves American Airlines flights (Gates 40 - 49). American Airlines check-in is at Terminals 4 and 5; flight departure is at Terminals 4, 5, and Terminal B; and International arrivals is at Terminal B.
Terminal 4 in the LAX Terminal 4 map connects to Terminal 5 through an underground airside walkway. The new $1.6 billion modernization of Terminals 4 & 5 features a consolidated departure hall and a new south concourse in T4 with additional spaces for concessions, hold rooms, restrooms, and a bus gate for both domestic and international traffic.
Currently, the Departures Level has a food court with 6 restaurants, 2 separate restaurants, a DFS Duty-Free shop & six more shops, and an ICE Currency exchange. Additionally, the Arrivals Level hosts luggage carts, Interactive Visitors Centers, ATMs, Starbucks, and Volunteer Info Professionals.
Terminal 5 has fifteen gates from 50 to 59 and operates with national and domestic airlines. JetBlue and Spirit Airlines, some American Airlines flights, and the bus to the American Eagle terminal are tenants in Terminal 5. Its recently completed $229 million renovation features an expanded ticketing lobby, additional security checkpoints, 19 grand dining and shopping options, and new luggage carousels.
The Departures Level at Terminal 5 provides ICE Currency exchange, shops, a food court with 4 restaurants, 5 more food, and drink outlets, and a nursing room. The Arrivals level houses luggage carts, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, ATM, interactive Visitors Centers, and Volunteer Info Professionals.
Terminal 5 (Gates 50 - 59) serves American Airlines, Air Canada, JetBlue, and Spirit Airlines.
For American Airlines, Terminals 4 and 5 handle Check-in; Terminals 4, 5, and Terminal B handle Flights departure; and Terminal B handles International arrivals. On the LAX Terminal 5 map, JetBlue Airlines operate at Terminal 5, and International arrivals are at Terminal B.
The $230 million modernization project for Terminal 6 on the Los Angeles Airport map started in early 2021 to create more space for passengers and introduce upgraded technology in the building and improve the overall passenger experience, following the two projects to renovate the ticket lobby, baggage claim, and concourse area previously completed around 2010.
Other improvements include guests' access to U.S Customs and Border Protection’s Federal Inspection Station (FIS) and the renovation of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Security Screening Checkpoint featuring 5 Automated Screening Lanes and three standard lanes.
Terminal 6’s dining and retail area of over 22,000 sq. feet has been completed, and it exhibits 'the best of Los Angeles.' Passengers arrive at an area representing downtown LA after the TSA security check and are then guided into the Sunset Plaza with spaces to eat. Additionally, passengers can enjoy the Sunset Strip and Garden Terrace zones with high-end retail & local dining.
The Arrivals level in Los Angeles international Airport Terminal 6 has Interactive Visitors Centers, luggage carts, ATM, and Volunteer Info Professionals. There is also a service-animal relief area in the atrium beyond Gate 62.
Terminal 6 (Gates 60 - 69) serves the following Airlines
Terminals 7 and 8 on the LAX Airport map are separate. They share the same Arrivals & Departures areas and security checkpoint but have separate concourses housing airline gates, amenities & services. Gate numbers in the 70s are for Terminal 7 and 80s for Terminal 8, respectively.
In 2019, a $546 million redevelopment project was completed in Terminals 7 and 8. The improvements include an expanded check-in and ticketing lobby, remodeled boarding gates, enhanced seating with more charging stations, improved security screening checkpoints, and a new luxe United Club Terminal 7 Lounge. There is currently ongoing work to connect the terminal to the future Automated People Mover, which will be added to the map of LAX.
Terminals 8 and 7 Departure area provide services that include check-in facilities, with access to security checks and two separate gate areas: United Airlines Customer Service adjacent to Gate 71B and the Red Carpet Club adjacent to Gate 70A. The Arrivals area offers currency exchange, ATM, luggage carts, interactive Visitors Centers, and Volunteer Info Professionals.
Terminal 7 (Gates 70-88) serves United Airlines and United Express.
The Tom Bradley LAX International Terminal has airline gates 101-159 and entertains millions of customers each year. TBIT opened in 2013 and received the LEED Gold certification for being the country’s most sustainable and technologically advanced terminal. Also, the ACI-NA awarded it 'Best Food & Beverage Program' and 'Excellence in Airport Concessions.'
A $1.9 billion modernization project was unveiled in 2013, creating a nice passenger experience. The new $1.73 billion West Gates (Gates 201-225) opened in May 2021 and has the latest technology and innovations. TBIT has a central Great Hall that houses luxurious airline club lounges, premier dining, retail shopping, and premium amenities for travelers, such as children’s play areas, nursing rooms, pet relief areas, and design aesthetics.
Tom Bradley International serves the following airlines;
TBIT (Terminal B) provides check-in and luggage claim services for airlines. The closest parking spaces are Parking Structures 3 and 4. Drop-offs at the Tom Bradley International Terminal can be accessed on the Upper/Departures Level. For passengers traveling on Viva Aerobus, Allegiant, and Sun Country, check-in is at Terminal 1.
Passengers will have to exit security to get through inter-terminal connections between terminals 1, 2, and 3 and other terminals. Passengers can walk or take the free shuttle buses to reach any terminal but will have to re-clear security. Terminals 4 through 8 connect to other terminals through airside connections, thereby allowing passengers to access other terminals seamlessly and without re-clearing security.
The shuttle buses are courtesy services provided to assist passengers with traveling through terminals for airline connections (A Route). Passengers can use the shuttle buses to transport from Employee Parking lots as well. To use the shuttle service, passengers should locate the LAX shuttle & Airline Connections blue sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands in front of every terminal and board the LAX shuttle.
The terminal shuttle service runs through terminals in a clockwise loop every 10-15 minutes and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.