LAX Airside Connections Between Terminals
In 2014 the closed tunnels beneath part of LAX airport once again reopened, making it possible for LAX airside connections between terminals 4-8. LAX Airport also built a connector between Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminal 4 in 2015 to further ease the pain of connecting on international flights.
Unfortunately at this time Terminals 1-3 are not connected airside. Below you can find detailed photos and instructions for LAX airside connections between terminals including how you can connect between terminals for flights on American, Alaska, United, Hawaiian, JetBlue and more.
Which Airlines Are Connected Airside at LAX?
Some of the most popular airlines in the country operate out of LAX Terminals 4-8. Below is a list of airlines and the terminal they operate out of. Additionally, numerous international airlines operate out of Tom Bradley International which is also connected airside with Terminals 4-8.
Airlines: American (4-5), Alaska (6), Allegiant (5) Boutique Air (6), Frontier (5), Hawaiian (5), Horizon (6), JetBlue (5), Spirit (5), Sun Country (5), United (7-8)
Connecting from LAX Terminal 4 to Terminal 6 Airside
It is quite common to have to connect between LAX terminals 4 and 5 on American Airlines and the tunnels also run to terminal 6 if you have connections on Alaska or need to use any of the facilities there. Below is a walkthrough of connecting airside at LAX from terminals 4 through 6.
To connect from American Airlines in Terminal 4 to any other airline in Terminals 5 or 6, simply head to gate 44 and go down the first escalator.
At the bottom of the first escalator you will find the American Airlinesshuttle bus stop. Take the second escalator to the left.
Once you have reached the bottom of this escalator do not go down the tunnel in front of you. This tunnel, which is pictured below goes to baggage claim. It does not go to the other Terminals.
Instead of going straight through the tunnel pictured above, when you reach the bottom of the escalator, make a u-turn to find the tunnel leading towards Terminals 5 & 6.
The tunnel that connects Terminals 4 & 5 is long and non-descript.
Eventually you will reach an escalator. If you want to go up to Terminal 5, you can get to them from here. To continue to Terminal 6 (and beyond to United in Terminals 7 & 8 via walkway), head off to the left as shown below.
After a short while you will reach a T-intersection. Follow the signs for Terminal 6 and take a right turn at the T.
The tunnel between terminals 5 & 6 is another long one without any moving walkways. Just follow the signs and you will eventually arrive at an escalator leading up to Terminal 6.
Connecting from LAX Terminal 6 to Terminal 4
If you want to head in the opposite direction, then the process is simple. Head down the following escalator to the basement. It is located next to the Ruby’s Diner in Terminal 6 as shown.
Once at the bottom of the escalator, keep going straight and follow the signs towards Terminal 5.
You will eventually reach the tunnel which connects the two terminals.
At the end of the tunnel, keep following the signs for Terminal 5. When you reach the escalator for Terminal 5, continue forward, following the sign for Terminal 4 as shown below.
You will now be in the long connector tunnel between Terminals 4 & 5. Continue straight through this tunnel to reach Terminal 4.
At the end of the white tunnel you will find an escalator. Head up to get to Terminal 4. The first escalator leads to a small connecting platform. Continue on to the second escalator to reach Terminal 4.
You are now at Gate 44 in Terminal 4.
Connecting from Terminal 6 to Terminals 7 & 8
If you are flying United or United Express, you may need to connect between Terminal 6 and Terminals 7 & 8 at LAX. Fortunately that connection is very simple to do. Unlike the tunnel connectors between Terminals 4,5 & 6, the connector between terminals 6, 7 & 8 at LAX is not underground. Just follow the signs and you can make the connection all the way from Terminal 8 to Terminal 6 without worry and then from Terminal 6 to Terminal 4 and eventually to TBIT (see below) without ever exiting security!
Connecting from Terminal 4 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal
In 2016 the tunnel connecting American’s Terminal 4 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal officially opened. The tunnel is located just past security in terminal 4. If you are coming from another terminal, follow the instructions above for getting to Terminal 4 and then make your way towards security and turn left just before exiting.
Make your way to the escalators and then go up to reach the connection bridge/tunnel.
There are a few long corridors to walk through without any moving walkways. The views to the left of the taxiway are great for plane spotting!
It is quite a long walk, but eventually you will reach moving walkways to help you out a bit. The moving walkways mean you are about halfway there.
Finally you will you see the Tom Bradley International Terminal check-in area to your right. Just up ahead you will emerge airside at the newly remodeled terminal. You do not need to go back through security.
LAX Airside Connections Between Terminals – Bottom Line
While LAX is not one of my favorite airports to connect through, thankfully with many airlines it is now possible to make an LAX Airside connections between terminals. As of January, 2020 TBIT and Terminals 4-8 are all connected airside with walkways. While the tunnels from Terminal 4-6 are a bit cramped and long, the new international connector is bright and a fun place to watch planes.
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