The waiting area for shuttle buses out of LAX Terminal 4
On May 16, American unveiled a series of operational and visual updates at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in an attempt to better streamline passenger flow and optimize capacity ahead of the summer travel season. From gate renumbering to new signage, the changes were implemented overnight, in time for the busy Monday morning rush. While there was no media announcement, AirlineReporterÂ was invited to see the changes for ourselves. With AA being spread over two separate terminals and undertaking a large expansion at breakneck speed, something had to be done. Hereâ€™s what you need to knowâ€¦
LAX at sunset
I would be willing to wager thatÂ most of the traveling public simply buys whatever airfare suits them best to get from Point A to Point B, and probably back to Point A. Whether it be the ever-popular nonstop, the obvious geographic connection, the shortest connecting time, and/or simply the lowest price, most people don’t really think outside the box when it comes to booking tickets. The carriers relyÂ on the fact that customers will simply select from among the first few options they see when booking online; as such, there have been PR battles and even lawsuits over what orderÂ online travel booking sites list certain fares and airlines.
What you may not knowÂ is that fare rules (you know, those long-winded, multi-page things full of legal mumbo-jumbo you never read before clicking the box saying you agree to them and purchasing the ticket) manyÂ times have built-in flexibility that’s just waiting to be utilized for maximum effect, even on the cheapest fares…
An American Airlines 777-300ER (77W) taxis at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Update 6:55PM PT: American Airlines has put out a press release on the addition of theÂ LAX-HKG flight starting September 9. The scheduleÂ information and flight times are:
- Departs LAX at 1:55am, and arrives atÂ HKG at 8:10am the next day (subject to regulatory approval)
- Departs HKG at 8:20pm, and arrives atÂ LAX at 6:40pm
Furthermore, the flight will be operated as part of the joint business venture with Japan Airlines.
Original storyÂ appears below:
An eagle-eyed frequent flyerÂ spotted an update to a page on American Airlines’ website, which indicated that the highly-anticipated service from Los AngelesÂ (LAX) toÂ Hong Kong (HKG)Â will commenceÂ on September 7 using the carrier’s flagship Boeing 777-300ER (77W). AirlineReporter confirmed that the webpage had indeed been updated to include the information on HKG, and tweeted out a screenshot of the page in the wee hours:
T4-TBIT connector at LAX: Walkway overlooking the ramp between TBIT and T4 at LAX.
Updated 2/26 to fix Youtube video link.
On Thursday, the projectÂ at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to build a post-security connectorÂ (pdf)Â between the renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and Terminal 4 (T4) had a “soft opening” thatÂ vastly improves the airport experience for a significant number of passengers.
The $115 million project, which was originally set to open in early December 2015, is slated to include an outdoor patio, retail and food outlets, and a streamlined baggage transfer experience for those arriving on international flights and connecting onward. A small section for passengers walking to the customs and immigration was previously opened a couple of weeks ago.
With this opening, Terminals 4, 5, 6, and 7, as well as TBIT, are all connected behind security, meaning that passengers already in thisÂ area can walk to any of these terminals without the need to exit and reclear security. AirlineReporter hasÂ the first photos of the newly opened passageway…