Los Angeles International Airport


Los Angeles International Airport (IATA Code: LAX) is one of the largest in the western United States and is classified as the sixth busiest in the world. The airport serves over 60 million passengers a year and offers approximately 680 flights serving nearly 30 countries around the world.  The airport is equipped with a nine passenger terminals, including the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The Bradley Terminal serves nearly 18 million passengers a year. All terminals have upper and lower levels, offering a variety of dining, shopping and other service options.

Brief History

Facilities that today incorporate Los Angeles International Airport have been in use since the 1920s, when a landing strip there attracted pioneer aviators. A Los Angeles Municipal Airport formerly known as Mines Field was created there in 1928. The airport recently celebrated its 86th birthday, continuing a long history of providing extensive services, flights, and domestic and international destinations for travelers.


Los Angeles International Airport is massive, with upper and lower levels, dozens of restaurants, cocktail lounges, as well as traditional and the duty free shops in the domestic and international terminals.  Favorite restaurants at LAX include Panda Express, located in the Great Hall Food Court and, the Home Turf Sports Bar, located at the departure level of Terminal 1, and Chaya Sushi located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.  Shopping options include everything from Hugo Boss and Michael Kors to Coach, to Relay, and See’s Candies, (all located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal). The airport also provides a number of currency exchange and banking services as well as ATM machines.

Car Hire Services

carhire 500x236Car rental services at Los Angeles International Airport are plentiful and include those provided by Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Alamo, Thrifty, and Avis. Additional car hire companies provide free phones at the interactive visitors information centers located in baggage claim areas of every terminal. The phones provide contact information for each car rental company. Customers of some car hire companies can utilize the free LAX Shuttle Airline Connection Bus designated for “Lot C” to reach their rental car courtesy shuttle.  These free shuttle buses are located on the lower arrivals level islands outside of baggage claim under the blue signs. Purple signs designate “rental car shuttles” that take customers to appropriate rental car services near the airport.

Compare pricing and car options at LAX: Alamo – www.alamo.com, Car-hire.net/usa/los-angeles.php.

Review additional information regarding Los Angeles International Airport by visiting their website at www.lawa.org and clicking on the LAX tab at the upper right corner of the screen, or by contacting them at (310) 646-5252. The airport is located at 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045.