Aviation News

July 9, 2010

LAX Observation Deck Reopens Saturday, July 10th

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(Photo by brewbrooks, shared under a Creative Commons license.)

Great news for planespotters and photographers living in or visiting Los Angeles: The observation deck atop the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Theme Building will reopen to visitors on Saturday, July 10th!

The deck was closed due to security concerns following the 9/11 attacks. New security measures such as bag searches will be in place for the deck, which offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the airport.

Admission is free, and visitors can stay as long as they would like. Visiting hours will be limited to Saturdays and Sundays only, 8am to 5pm.

Built in 1961, the iconic structure resembling a flying saucer on legs has undergone a $12.3 million renovation over the past few years.

Check back on Sunday for a full report and photos from the deck’s first day!


  • Josie

    WOW, it's about time they get the observatory back in action! I can't wait to go up there and take a look around.
    I'm SO EXCITED!!!

  • Josie

    WOW, it's about time they get the observatory back in action! I can't wait to go up there and take a look around.
    I'm SO EXCITED!!!

  • mary

    I am so glad- I was married there in 1989 and couldn't return for our 20th anniversary. We'll go there
    for 21st!!!

  • mary

    I am so glad- I was married there in 1989 and couldn't return for our 20th anniversary. We'll go there
    for 21st!!!

  • Disappointed

    Only Sat & Sun stinks, I've gone to LAX 4 times this month and really want to take my kids there too. But, it's 2 hours from home and everytime I've gone it's been a weekday.

  • Disappointed

    Only Sat & Sun stinks, I've gone to LAX 4 times this month and really want to take my kids there too. But, it's 2 hours from home and everytime I've gone it's been a weekday.