Passengers flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will get the distinct and accurate impression, that it is one of the busiest airports in the United States, even the world. With six hundred domestic flights a day in the United States, it is the third busiest airport. Additionally, LAX supports over one thousand flights a week to more than thirty countries, making it the sixth busiest airport in the world.
Like with any other airport in the United States and elsewhere, passengers flying through LAX are required to observe the same restrictions. Federally mandated restrictions, including security measures take extra time, so passengers should arrive early. Just how early can be determined by a call to your airline. The airline will suggest the amount of time necessary to comfortably get you through the screening and baggage process at LAX. The peak time for travel at LAX is during the morning hours from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on domestic flights and 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for both domestic and international flights.
As you can imagine, an airport that serves more than 60 million passengers a year, would have to have ample parking. Public parking is available in eight parking garages. There are 8000 parking spots just outside the terminals. Nearly 5000 additional parking spots are located in Parking Lot C where free shuttle service to the terminals is provided. The public bus system is available from Lot C as well and the LAX shuttle bus service also runs.
Passengers with disabilities will find LAX very accommodating and user friendly. The airport has taken precautions to ensure access via ramps, elevators, and parking spaces for the disabled and also has a shuttle that provides transportation for people in wheel chairs. Each terminal is equipped with devices for the hearing impaired or speech impaired.
There are nine passenger terminals located in the Central Terminal Area. Believe it or not, in this age of cellular phones passengers can still find public pay phones in the LAX terminal and business centers. Not to worry about connecting with area hotels or transportation services, since there are guest phones that connect for free to most guest services in the Southland area.
Within the Central Terminal are restaurants, gift shops, bars newsstands and more. The seven-story Encounter Restaurant features an observation tower that is open on weekends. There is also a first aid station located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.