Los Angeles International Airport
The Los Angeles Airport serves from 59 million to 61 million passengers annually. It is in the top ten airports in the world and the top three in the United States. It also ranks very high among airports with the most direct flights. There are eight numbered terminals and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, also known as Terminal B or TBIT. If changing planes, it is a good idea to find out how far the two flight gates are from each other. This is an airport that requires more walking between terminals than most modern airports. Also, remember that, although TBIT is exclusively for international flights, many international flights originate or arrive at one of the numbered terminals.
Airport Features at LAX
All departing passengers enter on the upper level from the parking garages or are dropped off in the upper level drive-through. Baggage carousels and ground transportation links are located on the lower level drive-through. In the center expanse, between the terminals and the u-shaped drive, are many large parking garages. For active duty military personnel, the Bob Hope Hollywood USO is located in this area as well. The Theme Building, also located in this area, is a futuristic design resembling a UFO. The interior of the restaurant was given a make-over about ten years ago by the Walt Disney Imagineering Design Team. Before you reach the drive-through, there is a waiting lot adjacent to an economy parking lot.
Important Terminal Information
When driving the U-shaped drive, you will find that T-1, T-2, and T-3 drop-offs are before you reach TBIT, and T-4, T-5, T-6, T-7 and T-8 drop-offs are after you pass TBIT. Before security, T-4 through T-8 are connected. Similarly, T-2 and T-3 are connected. If you need to arrive early, T-1, T-2, T-4, T-5 and T-7 open at 4 a.m. T-3 and T-5 open by 4:30 a.m. Each numbered terminal has its own eateries, bars, automatic bank machines, and shops. They also offer wireless Internet and Internet kiosks. Many terminals serve both international and national flights.
Unless otherwise noted, these smaller terminals have their odd-numbered gates on the left and even-numbered gates on the right. T-1 includes gates 1-14. T-2 includes gates 21-28. T-3 includes gate 30 on your left and, after a short walk, gates 31-39 in a circular lay-out. T-4 includes gates 41-49. T-5 includes gates 50-59. T-6 includes gates 60-69. T-7 includes gates 70-78. T-8 includes gates 82-88 on the right with all commercial services on the left. After security, terminals 6, 7, and 8 are connected via a walkway. Similarly, terminals 5 and 6 are connected by an underground walkway. All international arrivals will be directed through U.S. Customs before these walkways or before reaching baggage pick-up and ground transportation. At least one airline offers a shuttle between a numbered terminal and TBIT.
Tom Bradley International Terminal opens at 6 a.m., but the TBIT North gates don’t open until 8 a.m. Gates include 101-106, 119-123, and 136-146, which require a shuttle to/from TBIT. Of course, the large terminal offers wireless Internet and Internet kiosks. TBIT North and South are connected and share the same large food court, located on level three. TBIT South includes gates 101 -106. TBIT North includes gates 119-123. Across from TBIT North Gate 123, passengers take buses to gates 136-146. The elevators to the 4th and 5th floor VIP lounges are just across the hall as you exit security screening. The reLAX Lounge is located at the end of the Food Court, overlooking the busy runways. TBIT serves only international departures and arrivals. All arrivals must go through Customs and Immigration.
Airlines at LAX
The Los Angeles International Airport is a hub city for several major airlines. The airlines that call LAX home are American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Horizon Air, and United Airlines. Additionally, the Los Angeles International Airport is a focus airport for airlines including Air New Zealand, Allegiant Air, Qantas Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, and Volaris Airlines. In terms of which airline uses the Los Angeles International Airport the most, the answer is United Airlines and their smaller airline United Express. Furthermore, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are a close second and third when it comes to which airline has the most flights into and out of the Los Angeles International Airport.
Many other airlines use the Los Angeles International Airport. These airlines include Aeromexico, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Blue, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Air, Spirit Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Airlines, and Virgin Australia. In terms of international flights, the busiest destination from the Los Angeles International Airport is London’s Heathrow Airport, followed by Tokyo, Sydney, and Seoul. The domestic destination with the most flights to and from LAS is San Francisco, followed by New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, and Honolulu.
There are nine terminals in the Los Angeles International Airport. Terminals 1 to 8 and the TBIT terminal make up the nine terminals. Each terminal caters to different airlines. Terminal 1 is home to AirTran, Southwest, and US Airways. Terminal 2 is a large terminal. Here passengers will find flights from Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, Arkefly, Avianca, Hawaiian, KLM Royal Dutch, LACSA, Sun Country, TACA, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, and West Jet. Terminal 3 flights accommodate Jet Blue, Spirit, Virgin America, and departures on Virgin Australia. In Terminal 4, passengers will find American Airlines, American Eagle, and Qantas departures.
Terminal 5 is for Delta flights and arrivals on Virgin Australia. Terminal 6 is another larger terminal and it is the home to airlines such as Alaska, Allegiant, Copa, Frontier, Great Lakes, and United Airlines’ business, first class, and premier passengers only. Terminal 7 caters to the United passengers with E-tickets and United Express flights. Terminal 8 is for United Airlines passengers who are unticketed or have paper tickets. The TBIT terminal is for the remainder of the airlines that fly into and out of LAX.