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What Terminal Is American in at LAX and Other Questions

  • Air Travel
  • Renee Martin
  • 4 minutes

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American Airlines has been operating out of LAX for over 75 years. Over the years, ¬†American’s presence at Los Angeles International Airport has expanded to include a portion of Terminal 5, select gates at Tom Bradley International, and all of Terminal 4.

American Airlines will maintain its presence by constructing a “terminal for the future”. This is a significant multi-year commitment to revamp the airline’s terminals at LAX and improve customer experience.

With American accounting for almost 20% of all traffic at LAX, you’re quite likely to fly American while traveling out of Los Angeles Airport. If you’re flying American into or out of LAX, here are some things you’ll want to know.

Los Angeles Airport

Is LAX an American Airlines hub?

LAX serves as an American Airlines hub. However, even though it is not officially the airline’s principal hub, Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) is considered by many to be the company’s hub. That’s because it’s the global headquarters and home to the airline’s largest hub.

What terminal is American in at LAX?

American Airlines operates from Terminals 4 and 5 as well as the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX  Airport.

What terminal is American Airlines at LAX arrivals?

American Airlines flights may arrive at Terminal 4 or Terminal 5. However, international flights arrive at Terminal B, which Tom Bradley International Terminal is called.

What terminal is American Airlines at LAX departures?

Your American Airlines flight can depart from any of the three terminals ‚Äď Terminal 4, 5, or B. So make sure you check your ticket before leaving for LAX.

What restaurants are in the American Airlines terminal at LAX?

  • Terminal 4 has Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, La Provence Patisserie and Caf√©, Homeboy Caf√©, and Campanile.
  • LAX Terminal 5 has Donburi Bistro, Loteria Grill, Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market & Bistro, and Rock & Brews Concert Bar and Grill.
  • Tom Bradley Terminal or Terminal B has Ink.Sack, Border Grill, Earl of Sandwich, Pret-a-Manger, and WPizza by Wolfgang Puck.

If you’re in for a long layover at LAX, you have plenty of food options at the airport.

Does American Airlines have a lounge at LAX?

There’s an American Airlines Admiral Club Lounge at LAX Terminals 4 and 5. An American Airlines Flagship Lounge is at Terminal 4.

How early should I get to LAX American Airlines?

American Airlines recommends that you arrive 3 hours before your scheduled departure for international flights. You need to arrive 2 hours before your departure time for flights within the US.

These recommended arrival times are designed to give you enough time to check in (with or without your bags) and also clear security before your flight.

Where do I park for American Airlines at LAX?

There’s no particular lot at LAX that caters only to American Airlines flyers. You can park at any of the onsite LAX parking lots in Central Terminal Area Parking or Economy Parking E. For cheaper parking, you can also try booking a parking spot near LAX Airport.


American Airlines counters at LAX

Passengers can check in for gates 40-49 and 110-159 at LAX American Airlines Terminal 4 from 4:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Passengers can check in for gates 50-59 at Terminal 5 from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.

American Airlines offers TSA PreCheck, mobile boarding passes, priority perks, curbside check-in, self-service check-in, TDD assistance, and other services at LAX.

More Info

  • Arrivals and baggage claims are located on Terminal 4’s first level. The second level is for departures and ticketing options. American Airlines boarding gates are 40-49.
  • American Airlines Customer Service at the departure level promptly and politely assists its passengers with reservations and ticket changes. They also help with delayed or canceled flights, AAdvantage award travel, receipts and refunds, baggage, trip insurance, special assistance, and so on.
  • At the arrival levels, you’ll find luggage carts provided by Smart Carts
  • A Service Animal Relief Station is provided for your furry friends at Terminals 4 and also at Terminal 5.
  • Passengers who need to transfer between terminals can do so by walking airside through an overground passage that connects terminals B (Tom Bradley), 4,5,6,7, and 8.

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