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A Quick Guide to the 9 Terminals at Los Angeles International Airport

9 Terminals at Los Angeles International Airport
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One of the biggest and busiest international airports on the West Coast of the United States, Los Angeles International Airport in California is an important gateway to the country. Thousands of international flights to/from various destinations across the world take off/land at LAX airport every year, making it one of the busiest airports in the US as well as the world. According to the Airports Council International’s (ACI) report on the world’s busiest airports (released on the basis of 2021 flight data), Los Angeles Airport, which served 48 million passengers in 2021, was ranked the fifth busiest international airport in the world. This Los Angeles Airport terminal guide helps you easily navigate the Los Angeles International Airport when you arrive here to catch your flight to India from LAX

Los Angeles Airport Information:

Airport Code: LAX

Year of Establishment: 1928

Area Covered: 3,500 acres 

Location: Westchester, Los Angeles, California

Number of Terminals: 9

Number of Runways: 4

Los Angeles International Airport: Terminal Guide


LAX Airport has 9 terminals, numbered 1 to 8 and the ninth one (Terminal B) is called Tom Bradley International. All terminals extend out of a U-shaped design and are interconnected by a two-level roadway. Certain terminals are linked by walkways and airside connections also. Here’s everything you need to know about the terminals and the amenities available at each one of them.  

Terminal 1 

Gates: 9 to 18 B 

Airlines operating from Terminal 1: Southwest  

Food & Beverage: Urth Caffe & Bar, Deli & Co., California Pizza Kitchen, Cassell’s Hamburgers, Reilly’s Irish Pub, Rock & Brews, etc. 

Shopping: Hudson, Brookstone, PopSox, Treat Me, Sweet, I Love LA, etc. 

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Nursing room 
  • Restrooms
  • Animal relief station
  • ‘Be Relax’ spa 

As terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport is not directly connected to other terminals, you need to clear security to reach a different terminal. You can take the airport shuttle for transportation between Terminal 1 and others. 

Terminal 2

Gates: 20 to 28

Airlines operating from Terminal 2: Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus Airlines, Aeromexico, etc. 

Food & Beverage: Starbucks, Sealegs, Barney’s Beanery, Fresh Brothers Pizza & Sandwiches, etc.

Shopping: CNBC Smartshop, DFS Duty-Free, Univision, InMotion, etc.   

Airport Lounges: Delta SkyClub 

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Nursing room 
  • Currency exchange 

Terminal 3 

Gates: 30 to 39

Airlines operating from Terminal 3: Delta Air Lines, Alaska, AirTran, JetBlue, Virgin America, Horizon, etc.    

Food & Beverage: Shake Shack, Starbucks, La Familia, Earthbar, The Parlor, Ashland Hill & Bar, LA Life, etc. 

Shopping: Hudson LAXpress, Soundstage Market by Hudson, etc. 

Airport Lounges: Delta SkyClub

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Nursing room

Delta Airlines has recently opened nine new gates at Terminal 3 of LAX Airport. Passengers can take the escalator facility just a few steps from the new gates to arrive at the baggage claim area in no time. 

The airline, as part of its expansion project (expected to be completed in 2023), looks forward to consolidating the second and third terminals into a single complex with a total of 27 gates for its passengers. Apart from improving its gates, Delta also plans to introduce the Delta One check-in area (for first international class ticket holders) by Spring 2023 and a 10,000-square-foot Delta One Club in 2024.

Terminal 4

Gates: 40 to 49

Airlines operating from Terminal 4: American Airlines

Food & Beverage: Starbucks, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Dunkin Doughnuts, 8oz. Burger Bar, etc.  

Shopping: DFS Duty-free, Hudson Booksellers, Sunglass Hut, See’s Candy, Tech on the Go, etc. 

Airport Lounges: American Admirals Club 

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Nursing room
  • Animal relief station
  • Currency exchange  

Terminal 5 

Gates: 50 to 59

Airlines operating from Terminal 5: American Airlines, Allegiant Air, Hawaiian Air, Jet Blue, Spirit, Frontier, etc.

Food & Beverage: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Lemonade, Rock & Brews, Farmers Market To Go, Ford’s Filling Station, Coffee Bar, etc. 

Shopping:  I Love LA, See’s Candies, DFS Duty-Free, Hollywood Reporter, LA Times Newsstand, Magic Johnson Sports, etc.

Airport Lounges: Admirals Club 

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Xpress Spa 
  • Currency Exchange
  • Nursing Room
  • Restrooms 

Terminal 6 

Gates: 60 to 69    

Airlines operating from Terminal 6: Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Boutique Air, Southern Airways Express, etc.  

Food & Beverage: Starbucks, The Habit Burger Grill, The Wine Bar by Wolfgang Puck, Peet’s Coffee, etc.   

Shopping: DFS Duty-Free, Access Hollywood, MAC Cosmetics, Market 8600, Tumi, Mr. Fredric, etc.  

Airport Lounges: Alaska Lounge and Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge  

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Currency exchange
  • Nursing room

Terminal 7 

Gates: 70 to 77

Airlines operating from Terminal 7: United Airlines 

Food & Beverage: Dunkin’ Donuts, LA Life, Klatch Coffee, Loteria Grill, Rolling Stone Bar & Grill, etc.   

Shopping: DFS Duty-Free, Bartel’s Harley Davidson Store, Pier No. 7, Hugo Boss, etc.   

Airport Lounges: United Club Lounge

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Automated Vending Machine 
  • Nursing rooms
  • Restrooms

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Terminal 8 

Gates: 80 to 86

Airlines operating from Terminal 8: United Airlines

Food & Beverage: Dunkin’ Doughnuts, B Grill by BOA Steakhouse, Carl’s Jr., Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Corona Bar & Grill, Panda Express, etc. 

Shopping: People News and E! News  

Airport Lounges: United Club and United Polaris Lounges   

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Automated Vending Machine 
  • Nursing rooms
  • Currency Exchange

Tom Bradley International Terminal

Gates: 130 to 159 

Airlines operating from Terminal B: British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore, Air France, Air China, ANA, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Asiana Airlines, Qatar, Japan Airways, China Eastern, China Southern, etc. 

Food & Beverage: Starbucks, Vanilla Bake Shop, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Umami Burger, Asian Street Eats, WPizza, Border Grill, etc. 

Shopping: DFS Duty-Free, GUCCI, Burberry, Porsche Design, Hugo Boss, iStore Boutique, Michael Kors, etc.  

Airport Lounges: Qantas Lounge, Oneworld Alliance Lounge, KAL Lounge, Star Alliance Lounge, Etihad Airways Lounge, LA International Lounge, and Emirates Lounge.   

Other facilities for passengers:

  • Xpress Spa
  • Nursing rooms
  • Currency exchange

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Los Angeles International Airport: FAQs

How far is LAX Airport from downtown Los Angeles?

Los Angeles International Airport is located at a distance of 18 miles/30 km southwest of downtown. 

Is there any free parking area at LAX Airport?

Yes, passengers can use the Central Terminal Area parking facility for free for 15 minutes. An amount of $7 will be charged for the next 45 minutes and $6 for every 30 minutes after the first hour. 

How to get between the terminals at Los Angeles Airport?

The free shuttle operated by the airport connects all Los Angeles Airport terminals

What is the easiest way to travel to LAX Airport from the city?

LAX Flyaway buses regularly ply between the airport and Union Station/ Van Nuys. Apart from these buses, you can also opt for shared-ride vans operated by various companies, taxis, etc.

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