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Fly into these Top 7 Airports for Private Jets in Los Angeles


As the heart of the entertainment industry, a hub for business and a world-class tourist destination, Los Angeles easily ranks as one of the top cities for private jet travel in the United States. To accommodate its large population of jetsetters, Los Angeles is serviced by over a dozen private airports spread throughout the city.

We’ve assembled a list of the airports within Los Angeles that go above and beyond, offering exceptional facilities for private jet travelers. With first class amenities and stylish FBOs – “fixed-base operators,” or mini private jet terminals – there’s no need to dread waiting at the airport. You may even decide to arrive a little early.

Van Nuys Airport

Van Nuys Airport
Van Nuys Airport


Located to the west of Los Angeles, Van Nuys Airport is the city’s most popular airport for private charter flights. In fact, it’s one of the busiest noncommercial airports in the world, with over 200,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Despite the high numbers, the passenger experience is exclusive and doesn’t skimp on luxury. The two Signature facilities offer plush lounges with gourmet catering, nap rooms, showers and more. The Clay Lacy FBO is also brimming with amenities, and was voted the #22 “Best FBO in the Southwest Region” in the 2016 Pilots’ Choice Awards.

  • Year opened: 1928
  • Distance from downtown Los Angeles: 20 miles
  • Land area: 730 acres
  • Commercial destinations: 0
  • Number of FBOs: 4


Bob Hope Airport

Bob Hope Airport
Bob Hope Airport


Bob Hope Airport is located three miles from downtown Burbank and 12 miles from Downtown LA. Originally known as United Airport, the airport was renamed in 2003 for the legendary comedian Bob Hope, a lover of aviation who kept his plane at the airfield for years prior to his death. The airport is a popular choice for residents of nearby Pasadena, Glendale and Hollywood looking to avoid traffic. The airport has two private jet terminals with fully-equipped conference rooms, luxurious lounges, showers and hot cookies.

  • Year opened: 1930
  • Distance from downtown Los Angeles: 12 miles
  • Land area: 614 acres
  • Commercial destinations: 0
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Santa Monica Municipal Airport

Santa Monica Airport
Santa Monica Airport


Santa Monica Municipal Airport is located in Santa Monica, just a few miles from Malibu, Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles. Before it serviced some of the most elite neighborhoods in Los Angeles, the site set the stage for the first flights in Santa Monica. WWI biplanes were taking off and landing on a grass airstrip here as early as 1919. Now, one of the hangars here houses the World Cruiser, the first plane to fly around the world. Charter flights are serviced out of Atlantic Aviation, which is open 24/7 and offers custom catering, baggage services, a conference room and a pilot's lounge.

  • Year opened: 1923
  • Distance from downtown Los Angeles: 14 miles
  • Land area: 227 acres
  • Commercial destinations: 0
  • Number of FBOs: 1


Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles Airport


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) first opened in 1928 as Mines Field, the city’s first municipal airport. Now, LAX is the fourth busiest passenger airport in the world, seeing over 80 million passengers annually. Luckily for private jet passengers, the airport also offers two incredibly well-equipped private jet terminals that are removed from the hustle and bustle. The airport is popular for travelers flying by private charter to LAX to connect with a long-haul commercial flight. The Aviation facility is equipped with concierges, a public notary, showers and a fully-equipped business center.

  • Year opened: 1928
  • Distance from downtown Los Angeles: 16 miles
  • Land area: 640 acres
  • Commercial destinations: 176
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Long Beach Airport

Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport


Built in 1941, Long Beach Airport is an iconic element of Long Beach heritage. The terminal has been named a Cultural Historic Landmark thanks to its impressive mosaics and distinguishing design. Private jet passengers have a choice between four FBOs: Signature, JFI JetCenter, AirFlite and Pacific Jet Center. Signature and JFI JetCenter are the most luxurious of the set, with comfortable lounges, catering services, showers and activities to keep the kids entertained.

  • Year opened: 1941
  • Distance from downtown Los Angeles: 23 miles
  • Land area: 1,166 acres
  • Commercial destinations: 15
  • Number of FBOs: 4


LA/Ontario International Airport

Ontario California
Ontario California


LA/Ontario International Airport is located in San Bernardino, 38 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The airport was built in the 1920s by one of the first flying clubs in southern California, the Friends of Ontario Airport. Since then, the airport has grown to be the third busiest in the LA area. There is generally minimal traffic on the roads to the airport, making it a favorite for residents to the east of LA. Private jets are serviced out of Guardian Jet Center, which is equipped with a conference room, a crew lounge, nap rooms and showers.

  • Year opened: 1929
  • Distance from downtown Los Angeles: 38 miles
  • Land area: 1,741 acres
  • Commercial destinations: 14
  • Number of FBOs: 1


John Wayne Airport

John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport


Located 35 miles south of LA, John Wayne Airport is the most convenient gateway to the beach towns of Newport and Laguna, as well as Disneyland and Anaheim Angels Stadium. Private jets operate out of Atlantic Aviation Orange County, which has an on-site concierge, valet services and an exercise facility, as well as Signature FBO, which offers multiple conference rooms and a large private lounge.

  • Year opened: 1923
  • Distance from downtown Los Angeles: 35 miles
  • Land area: 504 acres
  • Commercial destinations: 25
  • Number of FBOs: 2


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