Los Angeles Terminal 1: LAX Guide

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Terminal 1

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is serviced by 9 terminals which support a total of 146 gates. The interconnectedness of these terminals makes it easier for passengers to move from one terminal to the next via inter-terminal pedestrian connections and shuttle buses.

About Terminal 1

LAX Terminal 1 was built in 1984. At the time, its only tenant was Pacific Southwest Airlines. In late 2018, the airport underwent an extensive renovation that was financed by Southwest Airlines at the cost of $477.5 million, with an extension being made to a formerly open area.

The terminal currently includes a Terminal Vertical Core that connects the terminal to a pedestrian walkaway to a proposed CTA Center Automated People Mover Station. The new construction includes:

Security screening areas

Bus ports Curbside drop-off Curbside drop-off Service animal relief areas Restrooms Additional ticket counters. Baggage carousels The terminal is located on 1 World Way, Los Angeles, California. There is a TSA pre-check that began screening passengers on May 1st, 2021. The TSA-Pre-check is a six-lane security checkpoint that is located on the western side of LAX Terminal 1. Passengers screened through this checkpoint are offered dedicated airside shuttles that transport them to the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.


Airlines that operate in this terminal are;

Allegiant Air Southwest Airlines (Domestic and International) Sun Country Airline (check-in only) Viva Aerobus (check-in only) Arrivals Information on domestic and international arrivals can be found in LAX Terminal 1 boards and online.


LAX Terminal 1 departures include domestic and international flights. Flight schedules can also be filtered by using flight numbers or departing cities.


LAX offers economy parking options for travelers and taxi owners.


LAX Terminal 1 has a single lounge, the Be Relax Spa, which operates daily from 06:00 to 23:00. The lounge is located in Terminal 1 on the Airside after the Security Checks next to Rock n Brew Restaurant. Priority Pass is accepted, and you have the option of registering if you don’t have one. Priority Pass gives you the opportunity to dine and wine in more than 400 airports across the globe.


Once you have arrived at LAX Terminal 1, you can calm your hunger pangs at various restaurants as you wait for your flight. Some of the restaurants available in LAX Terminal 1 include;

California Pizza Kitchen The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Einstein Bros. Bagel Deli & Co Treat Me Sweet Rock and Brews Restaurant Chick-fil-A Urth Caffe & Bar Betcha Burger NB: If you love Starbucks, you will have to use Terminal 6 at Gate 60 as there is no Starbucks in Terminal 1.

Between Terminals

Passengers can move between terminals by walking through inter-terminal passenger connections or through dedicated shuttles.

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