Do you know where all the various eateries at our international airport are located?? Did you know L.A. International also is one of the largest international airports in America, handling nearly 75 million passengers in 2015? Did you know the airport is nicknamed the Gateway to the Pacific Rim because of its abundance of flights to Oceania and Asia? With the great restaurants and services available, getting to know the place better leads to a better traveling experience at the airport. L.A. International is often not only huge and crowded but navigating your way around can sometimes also be a hazard. By knowing some of the insider tips and ideas for great ways to spend your time, we are certain that your next travels will go more smoothly than ever before. With nearly three million tons of cargo passing through each year and over seventy-five million passengers annually, L.A.X. is one of the largest- and busiest airports in the world. But how well do you know our great region’s main airport? Do you, for instance, know what the X stands for?? What year do you think it began with international departures? And how many countries do you think there are flights to? What’s the most popular international city to visit on flights from L.A.? Hang on as we introduce and give insider tips on one of the most visited places for our transportation services.
Ranking as the third busiest airport on Earth, navigating its nine terminals can be a hazard. Particularly difficult with the dense traffic and difficulty parking. Look for a professional chauffeured LAX sedan to make the travels significantly easier. The flights are rarely delayed in Southern California, due to the perfect Mediterranean climate, but ensuring to be at the airport in a timely matter is crucially important at international airports. Without the rental of sedans or airport limos, it is important to take the quest of finding parking and rush hour traffic into the equation and arrive at minimum two hours prior to departure. Although home to over 8,000 parking spots in ten nearby parking structures, finding a spot and navigating your way to the terminal from the parking can be a challenge for many. With nine terminals and over ninety operating airlines, make sure to research the best way to get to your respective terminal. Situated seventeen miles from Downtown, there are also various shuttle services going into town. While the shuttle bus often is white marked with green and blue stripes, the Fly Away buses offer 24/7 bus transportation into town. Many passengers utilize a shuttle to get to the Metro Rail Green Line Aviation Station, where they can use the metro to get to their final destination in town. It is operated by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and has a total of more than 48,000 employees.
Recognized as a leading key to L.A.’s role as the state’s leading international city, L.A.X. was first established in 1930 under the name Mines Field, named after the realtor William Mines. First renamed to L.A. Municipal Airport in 1930, it got its current name in 1949 and began its first international flights only three years later. Because of the new standards for airport codings in the early ’50s, the airport filled in an X to fill out the empty space, becoming LAX. Among the first airlines to operate here was American Airlines, one of only a handful of airlines to operate at the LA Municipal Airport after the Second World War. United Airlines became one of the biggest airlines here in the early 1950s, operating flights to various cities throughout America. Today’s L.A.X. is located over 3,500 acres and offers nearly ninety U.S. flights and international flights to over seventy locations. International flights, often served by tourists using our LA limo vehicles, arrive and depart from the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While San Francisco (1.8 million annual passengers) and New York City (1.6 million) are the most popular domestic flights, the most popular international destinations are London with over 1.4 million annual travelers and Tokyo with nearly 1.1 million. Situated in Westchester on the Pacific coast between the communities of El Segundo and Marina del Rey, it is a 45-minute drive from Downtown and a twenty-minute drive from Santa Monica. As a metropolis with five commercial airports, L.A. has many choices of airports depending on where you are headed/where you are coming from. For example, because of its close proximity to the studios in Hollywood, Burbank’s Bob Hope is the most convenient for those traveling to or from Hollywood. No matter where you are going or coming from, a Los Angeles limousine from us can get you there in style and in time.
We recently served clients on one of our Malibu wine tours that said they were heading to LAX. On our way to Westchester, the foreign passenger said: “Not the airport. I meant the San Pedro’ Port!” Little did we know that L.A.X. actually is used for the Port of Los Angeles as well as the L.A. Union Station (LAUS) as well! This can be confusing, but rest assure that locals in most cases will be thinking of the airport and not the old railroad station or cruise ship dock. Many tourists coming by the airport for a longer layover ask us about the options for nearby accommodation. There are plentiful options for hotels, resorts, and motels near the airport, usually ranging in price from as low as $80 to several hundred dollars per night. Many hotels and places of accommodation offer complimentary transportation from or to the airport. Make sure to contact the hotel in advance to schedule a pickup, whether by an LAX sedan, hotel shuttle or other transportation. The affordable nearby Custom Hotel is one of many to offer free transportation. More popular hotels include the Hilton L.A. Airport, the Holiday Inn, the Hyatt Summerfield Suites, L.A. Airport Marriott, Radisson L.A. Westside, and Sheraton Gateway Hotel. While the Custom Hotel is located pretty isolated, LA limo passengers often love the location of Radisson Westside just a short walk from the lively Howard Hughes Promenade and its many eateries, stores and movie theaters. Many have complained about the wifi not being free of charge at the Marriott, while Hyatt and many others offer complimentary wifi. While rooms run for less than $100 at Hyatt, the rates at Marriott run usually at minimum twice the price.
Got a long layover or delay? Make the most of it by booking an LA city tour service to check out the essentials! Or why even leave the airport? LAX offers tons of great amenities, places for dining, shopping, cafes, and more. Unfortunately, the airport’s most iconic restaurant is currently closed, the signature space-themed Encounter Restaurant and Theme Building, but there are still many great restaurant options. Among the Los Angeles limousine favorites are the Wolfgang Puck and the Brioche Doré deli cafe, but eatery options depend entirely on which terminal building you are departing from. At Terminal 1 is where we find restaurants such as the Gordon Biersch Brewery, Deli & Co, Pinkberry, CPK ASAP, Starbucks, the La Brea Bakery, and the Urban Market. In Terminal 2 we find eateries such as Barney’s Beanery, Slapfish, Pick Up Stix, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Built Custom Burgers, and Ciabatta Bar. For visitors that missed out on the world-famous Malibu wine tours, heading to the SeaLegs Wine Bar can be a great way of spending time at LAX. In Terminal 3, we find Starbucks, Burger King, La Brea Bakery and Gladstone’s, while in Terminal 4 are eateries including Dunkin’ Donuts, 8 oz Burger Bar, La Provence, Real Food Daily, Homeboy Cafe, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, as well as Patisserie and Cafe. In Terminal 5 is where we find Loteria Grill, Rock & Brews, Skewers by Morimoto, Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market, Coffee Bean, and Lemonade, while Terminal 7 and 8 have the Wolfgang Puck, Klatch Coffee, Yogurtland, Loteria Grill, Corona Bar, Engine Co No 28, the Counter, Coffee Bean, and B Grill. Tom Bradley International houses over twenty different restaurants, cafes, and pubs, one that is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for a drink or meal.
With the ever-increasing security lines and the growing number of checkpoints and TSA screeners, why not make the most of all your waiting time? While domestic passengers should arrive at minimum two hours prior to boarding, international passengers are advised to show up three hours before boarding. Why not eliminate the stress and hassle of congested traffic, finding and paying for overnight parking? Just look into the local airport limos or other transportation services and say goodbye to a lot of the cons associated with traveling. This following summer – the summer of 2016 – nearly 25 million passengers will go through L.A.X., which is a more than a seven percent increase from the record set in the summer of 2015. And instead of dealing with the problems of public transport and untrusted shuttle companies, hire a professional luxury vehicle with your own private chauffeur. Whether you are looking for Santa Barbara wine tours, airport transfers, an LA city tour service, a party bus for a night on town, or any other transportation need you may have, we can help. With more than twenty years of experience in airport transfers and transportation, we can guarantee the utmost timely and professional LAX limo service, now also the top-rated provider of transportation to and from Southern California airports.