Alaska Airlines to Get a $271 Million New Home at LAX
It might not be as cool and cutting-edge as Virgin America’s new home at SFO, but not too far down the California coast Alaska Airlines is working to revamp their digs at LAX. They’re moving their home at the airport from Terminal 3 to Terminal 6, and in the interim, some flights will be leaving from Terminal 3—so pay attention to where you’re going!
Once things are all finished, it looks to be quite the upgrade for those flying out of Los Angeles. First of all, things will be more streamlined as everything will be completely within Terminal 6, so there’s no longer a need to hop a shuttle bus just to get to your gate. They’re promising plenty of security check points which should limit screening times to twenty minutes or less. Sounds good to us, but we doubt the airline can influence how productive the TSA is going to be on any given day.
There will also be a new passenger tunnel that connects their new home with Terminal 5, and that’s a good thing for passengers that want to connect on partners like American Airlines or Delta. Back at check-in, new kiosks will help passengers to quickly grab boarding instead of using a traditional ticket counter—sounds like what Hawaiian Airlines has planned at HNL.
Once you make it to your gate, Alaska Airlines is thinking you’ll enjoy their comfy new seating options along with plenty of windows. Electrical outlets will be easily available—one per every two seats—and there will be plenty of WiFi to go around. If you’re more of an airport lounge kind of traveler, just swing by the brand new Alaska Airlines Board Room—with complete LEED certification.
Alaska Airlines hopes to start moving into their new place before the end of the year, and the planes will start heading to and from Terminal 6 beginning early in 2012. If things in person are as good as the artists' renderings, then the other airlines at LAX are going to be pretty jealous.
· LAX Terminal 6 Changes [Alaska Airlines]
· Alaska Airlines Plans LAX Move, Renovations [Seattle PI]
· Airport News coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo of the future: Alaska Airlines]