Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
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- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
Does anybody in their right mind really like LAX?
It is big, congested, it is a nightmare making connections.
Don't use LAX as a connectng point between a domestic and international flight, as you will need a 3 hour layover just to make it.
The terminal is set up in a large U shape, with separate terminals numbered from 1 through 7, with the Tom Bradshaw International terminal in the closed end of the U opposite the access points from I-105 and Sepulveda Avenue via Century Boulevard and World Way.
The I-405 between LAX and downtown LA is habitually the worst freeway congestion in SoCal, any time of the day.
The Airport Authority desperately tries to spruce up LAX, with the 15 cylinders of light towers with a changing rainbow of colors, or the Jetson's like rotating restaurant that is constantly under scaffolding to be refurbished. The Control Towers have a creative design that seems to like to use large cables only for decorative effect, sort of like a belly dancer's hip chains.
Unlike the trend toward a group rental center like many airports have gone to (i.e. OAK, SFO, LAS, ABQ, etc), LAX still has individual rental car buses, including Hertz, Avis, Budget, etc to add to the congestion.
They have huge lots situated on 98th and 96th avenues near LAX hotel row.
I fly United mostly, although I have flown Southwest, Northwest and US Airways from LAX domestically, and Northwest, Air New Zealand and United internationally. For United, it is in terminal 7. Often the line outside security trails out over the walkway from the parking lot. If you are Premiere, go to the end of terminal 6, where there is plenty of room, help and kiosks and no crowds for elite members. You also have your own separate security line to speed you through, usually with never more than a handful of people.
Inside the terminals, in gates 68 thru 88, there are a few eating places, like Starbucks, Wolfgang Puck, and a few typical Hudson News shops, but not a lot more like many of the newer Airport "Malls" like PDX or MSP or LAS. Baggage claim is down stairs through a habitrail hallway reminscent of a penitentiary. There are large carousels and a screen showing which flights are at which carousel.
All in all, LAX is old and does the best it can with what it's got. But sprucing up with superficial decorations without improvements on the inside with critical upgrades is, well, typical LA.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Jul 05, 2012
As is the case with many travelers I have been through LAX several times. The construction is a pain and I had a shitty experience getting through security once but my last time there was not so bad so I still have hope for LAX.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Jul 05, 2012
I much rather prefer to fly out of one of the smaller LA area airports, but I like LAX much better than I do the other major airports in the US, such as San Fran, O'Hare, Atlanta.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 05, 2012
Airports are always full of excitement. People going, people coming, people leaving, people returning. LAX is one of my favorite hubs on the west coast. Many exciting journeys either began, transited, and even concluded at this busy airport where many nationalities converge.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Jul 05, 2012
I always thought, or had this image in my head that LAX was like this awesome superb airport since it was the hub of the launch pad for the awesomeness of Southern California... but I guess after a few repeat visits I have to say reality is far from that image.
This airport is old, older than I expected it to be. Everything in here is not open as late as the number of late night flights that do come into the airport. The walkways are usually old, dusty, dirty. Security takes forever, and in early 2011, there was still no free wi fi.
If you do come here, be prepared to starve if you come in late or leave early because the choices are so limited or are all closed. There isn't much shopping to keep you entertained and half of their plugs in most of their terminals don't work. There is no wi-fi.
I think 3 is generous for this airport, but I'll round it from a 2.5 since you have to come here if you want to travel to LA by plane pretty much.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)AmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureStudentsBackpackersAdventure TravelersJul 04, 2012
Always busy, always crowded, hectic to navigate and an even bigger nightmare to park. But it's also a hub for celebrities in their excessive comings and goings -- and there's plenty of shopping and restaurant options if you're stuck here for awhile.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Member ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Jul 04, 2012
Fly to anywhere from LAX. Be prepared for lots of traffic getting to the airport. Quick tip if you're arriving on Southwest--have your ride pick you up at the Departures downstairs, not Arrivals. Much less crowded ;)
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