American Airlines girds for upcoming LAX construction

An American Airlines 777-300ER parked at LAX. Photo credit: American.

An American Airlines 777-300ER parked at LAX. Photo credit: American.

Due to construction and the merger with US Airways, some changes are coming to theĀ American Airlines operation at Los Angeles International Airport.

Here’s what we learned from an American newsletter this week to LAX employees:

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American will soon have second Admirals Club at LAX, as well as easier connections to partner Alaska Airlines

American Airlines plans to open a new 2,400 square foot Admirals Club in January at its American Eagle terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, according to an internal email. The club will be the airline’s second at LAX.

Also in the email, American plans to reopen a tunnel connecting its own Terminal 4 with Delta’s Terminal 5 as soon as early September. That means passengers will be able to freely move between Terminals 4,5,6,7 without having to re-clear security. Of special benefit for American: Its passengers will be able to much more easily connect to flights on codeshare partner Alaska Airlines, which operates in Terminal 6.

The internal email suggests the tunnel would have opened already but that fire inspectors found that the alarm system is obsolete and needs to be replaced. A thread on the popular message board Flyertalk.com suggests that tunnel has been closed since just after Sept. 11, 2001. Apparently post 9/11 security concerns were to blame.

Eventually, American’s Terminal 4 also will be connected inside security to the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, giving passengers from Terminals 4 through 8 easier connections to international flights. The internal email suggests that that project will be completed in fourth quarter 2015, though airport construction timeline estimates are notoriously fickle.

When the connector to the Bradley Terminal opens, American will have access to four gates at the facility. American will be the first domestic airline to use the international terminal, the email states. American officials have long complained that they do not have enough gates in their facility, so this should help alleviate that crunch.

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