A short introduction to the Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport is often referred to as the LAX [IARA Airport Code] and is the main airport for Los Angeles and the surrounding area in California, USA. It is a very busy airport, the sixth largest in the world in 2010 with 59 million passengers.

Place and history

It is located in the south west of the city called Westchester, about 25 km from downtown Los Angeles. It covers some 3 500 hectares of land, founded in 1928, when the city of Los Angeles acquired the land that at that time consisted of fields of lima beans, barley and wheat, and was built in 1929 as the first airport structure.

Originally known as Mines Field, the name of the airport was changed to Los Angeles International Airport in 1941 after the broker who arranged the purchase of the fields. From then on, the airport developed into the main airport in Los Angeles, which took over Burbank Airport and Grand Central Airport in Glendale. was built so that you have a wide view of the airport.

From the first jet service launched from LAX to New York in 1959, the airport became an important center for jet travel, as underscored by TWA's Boeing 747 service from 1970 on the route to New York. The terminals were also used as satellite buildings accessible via underground tunnels from the ticket sales area. In 1981, a $ 700 million LAX extension was made to prepare for the 1984 Olympics, where two new terminals were built for the airport, including the airport's sophisticated Tom Bradley Terminal.

A short explanation of the terminals of LAX

Today, LAX has nine passenger terminals, arranged in a horseshoe shape and served by a shuttle bus.

Terminal One mainly serves regional flights and is the busiest terminal with around 135 departures per day.

Terminal 2 serves foreign airlines that do not use the Tom Bradley terminal. It was the original international terminal built in 1962.

Terminal 3 is currently used by Virgin America, V Australia, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and AirTran Airways.

Terminal 4 is used exclusively by American Airlines, with the exception of departures from Qantas to Brisbane and Auckland. Terminal 5 will be used by Delta Airlines, while Terminal 6 will be used by Continental and some Delta flights, and from April 2011 by Alaska Airlines.

Terminals 7 and 8 are home to United Airlines.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal, the newest terminal built, houses the international airlines that do not use Terminal 2, including British Airways, Swiss airlines, Lufthansa and Turkish airlines.

in total

The Los Angeles International Airport carries more unconnected passengers than anywhere else in the world and is also the busiest airport in California and the third largest airport for passenger traffic in the United States alone.