Los Angeles International Airport is finally making some progress on a new connector building between the Tom Bradley International Airport and American’s Terminal 4. It should be finished by the end of 2015.
If all goes well, this should be an important change for customers on a bunch of different airlines. For now, travelers on United, Alaska, Delta and American must either make a long walk outside security or take a shuttle bus, also outside security, to reach the airport’s main international terminal. But when this building is finished, customers on all of those airlines should be able to make seamless connections from domestic flights onto international ones. This will save a lot of time. And departing passengers will only have to go through security once.
For this to become a reality, Los Angeles International Airport will have to reopen an underground tunnel between Terminals 4 and 5. That should happen at some point, though I don’t know when. (It has been closed for years.) Once that happens, Terminals 4 through 8 will all be connected on the South Side of LAX. The news is not so good for passengers using Terminal 1, 2, 3, who will still need to do a lot of schlepping to get to the main international terminal.
Here are some renderings of the new connector building, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports.