With over 80 years in operation, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the world's fifth busiest airport for number of passengers, second in the United States and 13th in tonnage of air cargo handled. LAX strives for excellence in serving the evolving needs of the community and visitors who frequent this diverse metropolitan hub.
The central complex features nine passenger terminals connected by a U-shaped two-level roadway. Curbside baggage check-in is available on the upper departure level. Baggage claim is on the lower level. Brand-named and ethnic-styled restaurants, cocktail lounges, gift shops, newsstands, duty free shops for international flights, restrooms, public telephones and business centers offer convenient services for the traveling public.
Other amenities include a first aid station in the Tom Bradley International Terminal and special telephones connected to area hotels/motels, bus/limousine services and car rental firms serving most Southland communities. Free shuttle service is provided between all terminals and remote parking lots.
LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys general aviation (VNY) – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles.
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