American Airlines solves its gate problem at LAX – at least for awhile

American Airlines has a problem at LAX. Its Terminal 4 is next to ongoing construction at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, and it sometimes loses access to gates as a result. Now that Bradley construction has moved into Phase 2, American will be further inconvenienced.

Earlier this week, after trading emails with an airline spokeswoman, I reported that American would soon bus some passengers to remote gates far away from the terminal. But then I was told that American officials thought they had found a better way, so they would not have to use those far away gates.

American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan wrote today to say the airline has, more or less, solved the problem. It will not need the remote gates – at least for now.

But there’s still a lot of juggling that needs to be done, mainly with international flights. Here’s what Fagan said:

“Due to on-going construction at Los Angeles International Airport, American’s operation will be affected over the course of the next year or more. For the foreseeable future, American’s international flight arrivals, with the exception of its Shanghai plane, will land and unload passengers at Terminal 4. The international passengers will then use nearby stairs to access the ramp where they will board busses and be transported to the new Federal Inspection Service facility at the new Thomas Bradley International Terminal. American’s Shanghai flight will arrive at TBIT. All of American’s international departures will remain at Terminal 4 for the near future.

American is working closely with Los Angeles Airport Authority officials to lessen the impact airport construction has on customers and airline employees. The construction projects are necessary to enhance our customer travel experience in the future. We appreciate everyone’s understanding.”

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