If you're on a lengthy travel nursing assignment in Los Angeles, you are probably starting to think about a visit home, or visitors to you! Thankfully, L.A. is a major metropolitan area with a large international and domestic airport. Awesome, right? Sure, as long as you can find reasonably priced airfare, which isn't always possible through a popular hub. When you're on a budget, you can't drop big bucks to visit home for the weekend, much as you might want to. So what's the alternative?
Simple! There are numerous airports in the L.A. area that are smaller or a little out of the way, but they often offer better deals on flights. If you're willing to expand your search a bit, you can find some great opportunities to invite folks out your way or catch a flight back home to visit. If you're unfamiliar with the local airports, here are some details about them to help you out.
Los Angeles International (LAX) - As mentioned above, this is the major L.A. airport. It's large and serves most areas, both domestic and international. It'll get you where you need to go, but it's always very busy and flights may be pricier depending on when and where you need to travel, but always check, because sometimes LAX has great deals too! It's located in the city itself, so it's convenient.
John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) - John Wayne Airport is located in Santa Ana, California, which is about 35 miles south of L.A. It's the only commercial airport in Orange County and offers a limited number of airlines and non-stop destinations. You'll find major airlines like Delta, United, American, and Southwest, as well as smaller localized lines. If you're looking for direct flights to major cities, they're a good bet.
Ontario Airport (ONT) - This is another international airport located 35 miles east of downtown L.A. It's a little easier to get in and out of, is more convenient to the Inland Empire, and offers services from seven different airlines. It's a medium-hub facility and offers flights to major U.S. cities and some international destinations.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) - Long Beach is about 25 miles from L.A. This is a smaller airport, offering service from only four airlines, as well as limited flights and destinations. However, if one of those destinations is somewhere you want to go, you can occasionally score pretty great deals on flights!
Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) - This airport is closest to L.A. proper -- it's 12 miles north in Burbank, close to Pasadena and Glendale. This is another small airport, with service from seven airlines and limited non-stop service to specific major U.S. cities, but it's known for ease and convenience, so it's worth checking out. If you can score a deal, it's certainly worth it.
Hopefully you're feeling a little more confident about how to navigate travel in and out of Los Angeles. If you have guests coming from out of town, let them know that these locations are all close by. Nothing like seeing the people you love to boost your spirits after a long week!