American Airlines exploring use of LAX bus gates

UPDATE 5 p.m.

I received an email from American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan. She informed me that the situation is fluid and American is seeking ways to improve it.

“I just learned that plans are changing again,” Fagan wrote. “We may have figured out how to maneuver so that we can still use our gates and inconvenience the customers to a much lesser degree.”

I will update again when I have more information.

Thank you for your patience.

ORIGINAL POST

American Airlines will bus some passengers to gates at a remote facility on the west side of Los Angeles International Airport beginning on Wednesday, an airline official told me Tuesday.

The airline will use some bus gates for about a year, as crews perform construction work on a ramp near LAX Terminal Four. Less than a dozen flights per day will be impacted, American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said.

The buses will leave for the remote gates from Terminal 4, gate 45.

American managing director for LAX Jeff Plant told me the airline will be strategic on which flights use the remote gates. High yield flights from cities like New York and Washington probably won’t use them. And American will try to keep flights with large numbers of connecting passengers away from the bus gates.

Good candidates for the bus gates might be flights that are running early, Plant said.

American still will allow passengers to buy tickets with 30-minute connection times at LAX. For some passengers, that might make things tricky.

The construction is related to the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Phase 1 opens on Wednesday. Phase 2 opens in 2015.

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