LAX turns around at about 1am once all of the New Zealand, Australia, and Asian flights clear out. 130am has a few Central America flights, and a few United arrivals along with an America West flight, but that's about it. I've worked at LAX
from 1am to 11am and the pattern turns back to "normal" at around 6am. The innaugural flight for the official turnaround is usually the Qantas flight from Sydney at 630am. The 6/7 approaches at 3am, 415am, 5am, 545am, etc are the cargo flights. There are lots of UPS, ABX
, FedEx, World, etc. There may be around 10-15 flights for the cargo airlines between 1-6am. But yes, it is correct that they takeoff on 24/25 and land 6/7.
If someone were to go to LAX
at 1-6am, then you'd want to be fairly patient. It would be good to estimate an aircraft landing once every half hour with the exception of a few large pockets of traffic. There are times when the cargo airlines seem to be following eachother and all roll in at the same time. The flow of traffic is very predictable until 6am when QF
flies in, followed by NZ
with a UA
arriving. Then as the sun rises, you'll get more and more until before you know it, you're back to LAX
's standard arrival once every 20 seconds.
If you really wanted to see some night action, go at around 10pm and stay until 1am. LOTS of heavy departures. If you've got a thing for cargo, then stay during the reverse pattern times, which does occur every single night.
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