A newly remodeled Terminal 6 has opened as the new home of Alaska Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with Alaska Airlines Chairman and CEO Bill Ayer, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and airport commissioners attended a dedication ceremony March 27 for the renovated terminal, where Alaska Airlines has replaced traditional ticket counters with customer-friendly pods of check-in kiosks and bag-check stations.
Airline officials say Alaska’s move from Terminal 3 to Terminal 6 offers its customers more convenient access to U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoints and to codeshare partner Delta Air Lines in Terminal 5.
The 13-month construction project was a collaborative effort among the airline, Los Angeles World Airports and the Transportation Security Administration. After breaking ground in February 2011, the $238-million project was completed on time and $33 million under budget, airport officials said.
“The renovation, delivered on time and under budget, is part of L.A.’s $4.1-billion investment in modernizing LAX,” said Villaraigosa. “In addition to dramatically improving the travel experiences of both domestic and international passengers, the Alaska Terminal 6 project also supported over 1,000 jobs in our region.”
Rosendahl, who represents the LAX area, said, “It’s fitting that Alaska Airlines has brought its innovative new designs to Los Angeles, home of the original ‘Airport of the Future.’ Score another round to stunning progress, cooperation, and job growth in our ongoing efforts to modernize LAX, the largest origin-and-destination airport in the world.”
According to Alaska Airlines officials, the innovative design is expected to reduce average customer wait times from 20 minutes to typically less than four minutes. Features of the renovated Terminal 6 include a new board room airline lounge, electrical outlets at half the seats in the boarding gate areas, a central service counter, and new state-of-the-art gate information displays.
“This is an important milestone in the continuing modernization of LAX. The partnership with Alaska Airlines has enabled significant improvements in customer service and convenience for the traveler,” LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said.