A short introduction to Los Angeles International Airport


Los Angeles International Airport is often referred to as LAX, which is its IARA airport code, and is the main airport that serves Los Angeles and its surrounding area in California, USA. As a very busy airport, it was found to be the sixth busiest airport in the world in 2010, with 59 million passengers through the door.

Location and history

Located in the southwestern part of the city called Westchester, located about 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It covers about 3,500 acres of land, founded in 1928, when the city of Los Angeles acquired land that was then a field of lemonade, barley and wheat beans and turned them into landing strips, and the first airport structure was built in 1929.

Originally known as Mines Field, after a real estate agent who arranged for the purchase of fields, the airport's name was changed to Los Angeles International Airport in 1941. Since then, the airport has become the main airport in Los Angeles, which took over Burbank Airport and Grand Central Airport in Glendale and in 1961 building themed buildings. It was built to provide amazing views of the airport.

Since the first jet service taking off from LAX in 1959 to New York, the airport has become a major hub for jet travel, highlighted by the use of the Boeing 747s TWA since 1970 on its way to New York. The terminals were also used as satellite buildings, accessible by underground tunnels from the ticketing area, and in 1981 the LAX was expanded by $ 700 million to prepare for the 1984 Olympic Games, which involved the construction of two new terminals for the airport, including sophisticated terminal Tom Bradley.

A brief explanation of LAX terminals

Today, LAX has nine personal terminals that are arranged in a horseshoe shape and are serviced by a shuttle bus.

Terminal One serves mainly regional flights and is the busiest terminal offering approximately 135 departures every day.

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

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

Terminal 4 is used exclusively by American Airlines, except for Qantas to Brisbane and Auckland. Terminal five has been used by Delta Airlines, Terminal 6 has been used by Continental and some Delta flights and now Alaska Airlines since April 2011.

Terminals 7 and 8 are home to United Airlines.

Tom Bradley International, which is the latest terminal built, hosts international airlines that do not use Terminal 2, such as British Airways, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.


Los Angeles International Airport handles more non-connecting passengers than anywhere else in the world and is also the busiest airport in California and the third busiest passenger airport in the United States.