From the LA Times: New Alaska Airlines terminal dedicated at LAX

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), USA
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The upgraded Terminal 6 lobby oval islands

Travelers encounter two large oval islands with arrays of Desktop kiosks for quick online ticketing

(Picture: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times / March 27, 2012)

For passengers desiring the traditional approach, there are still some conventional counters staffed with agents.

The $238-million remodel of Terminal 6 aims to improve the airport experience for the flying public, with improvements to bag check, ticketing, security screening and waiting areas.

Trying to reverse its low grades from the flying public, Los Angeles International Airport marked a milestone in its modernization program Tuesday by dedicating a $238-million renovation of one of its aging passenger terminals. The remodel of Terminal 6, the new home of Alaska Airlines, includes a variety of improvements to bag check, ticketing, security screening, waiting areas at gates and more.

“The whole thing is designed with the customer in mind,” said Bill Ayer, Alaska’s chief executive, who attended the terminal’s grand opening. “Basically, we have blown up the old idea of the ticket counter, which acted like a barrier for passengers.”

In the upgraded, spacious lobby, travelers encounter two large oval islands with arrays of computer terminals for quick online ticketing. For passengers desiring the traditional approach, there are still some conventional counters staffed with agents. Bags can be easily checked at curbside.

On the way to the gates, an expanded security checkpoint provides for faster access to the boarding areas, where ample seating is equipped with electrical outlets for computer users. A posh lounge serving food and beverages is free to first-class passengers; those flying coach can pay $40 to ……..

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By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2012
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times


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