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€¦
T4-TBIT connector at LAX: Overlooking the ramp between TBIT and T4 at LAX
A couple ofÂ weeks ago, I was one of the first to report on the opening of the new Connector facilityÂ between Terminal 4 (T4) and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). While this is exciting news in my world, I will admit that sometimes I forget that not everyone is a frequent-flying fanatic or even an #AvGeek. So here I am, to makeÂ the case to the everyday person on the street on just why the new T4 Connector is so monumental toÂ the improvement to the passenger experience at LAX.
A bit overly dramatic? You be the judge…
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…
Delta Sky Club at JFK.
When Delta opened their new T4 at New Yorkâ€™s JFK Airport on the 24th of May they also opened their new flagship Sky Club. Â The newest and largest Sky Club in the Delta network is a revolution to both AvGeeks and the traveling public.
Located just past gate B30 in Terminal 4, this 24,000 square foot facility is the new home to those with Sky Club access. Delta has created a number of new technologies based on traveler’s wishes and turned this into one amazing lounge. Â The entrance to the club has the same nondescript doorway that you might find at other lounges what is found inside is quite unique.
Staff are celebrating the opening of the new Delta T4 at New York JFK Airport – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com
With the closure of the famous Pan Am Worldport (T3) at New Yorkâ€™s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Delta decided to move their facilities to Terminal 4 (T4) and I was invited to join in on the grand opening. Â Even at 4am on the 24th of May (the day the new terminal opened), construction workers were still putting on the finishing touches. Since Delta is the primary tenant at T4, they started the day with a very large celebration.
The new T4 refurbishment and extension brings state of the art technology together with new services, shopping and dining facilities to provide an amazing new guest experience.
BONUS: Delta Previews JFK T4 With T4X In Lower Manhattan
“Thanks to Delta’s $1.4 billion investment, travelers to and from JFK will experience a state-of-the-art facility with improved amenities and better services,” said New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Over the past six years, Delta has doubled the number of employees based at JFK and created quality construction jobs, with a focus on local hiring. We look forward to their continued expansion and partnership with New York City.”