L.A. in the News: LAX is Happening

LAX is Happening

Los Angeles Airport (LAX) continues its multi-billion dollar modernization program to reimagine the airport experience  to truly reflect L.A.’s culture, cuisine, and 21st century lifestyle.

The crown jewel of the project, the new state-of-the-art $2 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal features groundbreaking architecture; 18 new gates, of which nine can accommodate larger, new generation Airbus A-380 aircrafts; and the Great Hall with premier dining, luxury retail shopping (names like Bvlgari, Michael Kors, Coach and more) as well as comfortable airline club lounges.

Upgraded inspection areas and fully modernized facilities provide a more efficient passenger processing experience to accommodate 4,500 passengers per hour, up from the previous 2,800 passengers. The project’s second phase will be completed later this year and includes new eastside gates; additional customer service enhancements such as a renovated immigration control area; new federal security-screening areas, ticketing and check-in facilities; and a modified outbound baggage system.

Emirates recently unveiled their new lounge at Tom Bradley International Terminal, servicing passengers on the airline’s once-daily A380 flight to Dubai. Nearby, the sleek and spacious Korean Air Lounge offers a cool balcony overlooking the terminal along with relaxing amenities.  

The new Qantas Los Angeles Business Lounge provides a stylish preflight home-away-from-home for passengers on OneWorld flights including those of partners British Airways and Cathay Pacific. The lounge will soon complete an extension which will allow seating for up to 600 travelers, an increase from the current 400-capacity. Guests can relax around a fire pit, sip cocktails, enjoy menu offerings reflecting L.A.’s multicultural cuisines and even freshen up in one of 16 shower suites.

Offering panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills, the new Star Alliance Lounge welcomes all first, business and Star Alliance Gold Card passengers departing on Star Alliance member airlines including Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, THAI and Turkish Airlines. The uniquely-designed lounge features an outdoor terrace, bar area, library space, media room as well as eight shower rooms.  These new lounges join Terminal 5’s recently enhanced Delta Sky Club.

Renovations also continue at Terminal 2, the second busiest international terminal at LAX. The $300 million improvement program focuses on significantly improving service levels while modernizing the facility’s design to enhance the passenger experience. Major upgrades are underway to the ticket lobby, baggage screening and claim areas, concourse areas as well as the addition of new retail and dining offerings, from casual to upscale, that reflect the L.A. experience.

Serving as the perfect gateway to the destination, access to L.A. has never been easier (or this fun). LAX offers unmatched lift for international visitors with convenient flights and competitive fares.