Alaska Airlines Opens Renovated Terminal 6 at LAX (Video)

Last week, Alaska Airlines celebrated the grand remodeling of Terminal 6 at LAX. Terminal 6 was one of the more neglected terminals, and now it’s the beneficiary of massive investment that significantly improves the place. Take my 3m46s video tour which starts at the third installment of Alaska’s “Airport of the Future” ticket counter concept. (One of these days, I’ll make a less shaky movie.)

I wrote about the advantages of this move for the customer over at Conde Nast last week as part of a photo slideshow. But there are advantages beyond the customer as well.

Alaska now has the benefit of a more stable operation. With preferential use gates, it is not at the whim of other airlines any longer, and it has a lot more gates that it can utilize. Even better for Alaska, it has been able to consolidate its employee groups in one big place beneath the departure level in the concourse. In other words, it will be a lot easier for Alaska to operate at LAX now. And yes, it will mean easier customs and immigration processing, better waiting areas, and easier connections to major partner Delta for customers.

It may have cost $238 million to get this done, but the benefit to travelers and to the airline is readily apparent. This is the kind of project I like to see: smart, cost effective use of resources to make a dramatic improvement in how things work.

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David SF eastbay
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At least the terminal got a clean up/fix up new look in some areas and a new check in experence in the front lobby.

Would a novice traveler walk into the Alaska check-in area and know what to do since it is different then the old style type check-in of decades past?

Oliver
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Does Alaska not have enough flights at LAX to justify dedicated gates with their branding?

Gordon Werner
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from Alaska Air

Alaska Airlines in Los Angeles ?by the numbers
? Daily flights: 40
? International flights: 15 (Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, together operate more international flights out of LAX than any other airline.)
? Destinations: 19
? L.A.-based flight crews: 706 (205 pilots and 501 flight attendants)
? Customer service airport employees: 186
? Other ground and maintenance employees: 91 (includes 6 Horizon maintenance workers)

Bill from DC
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The “before” scenario was that DL had 61, 63 and 65 (it never failed that when I was late checking in for my ATL redeye, it would be on one of their Terminal 6 gates), CO had the corresponding gates on the “left” flying to their hubs and Hawaii and that the remainder of the gates from the neck onward to the upper level were UA’s overflow, Hawaii and some intl flights. – Is LAX trending more to a common use gates concept? It looks like Alaska has the majority of the terminal but can you elaborate on that? –… Read more »
SEAN
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The neck was shared between CO(on the right), UA (on the left) & LH (departures on the left).

Andrew
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I walked the tunnel between T6/T5 about three weeks ago. It was really well lit–like a hospital corridor. Really bright white lights everywhere. Delta has photos up all over the walls depicting different destinations, but other than that, the corridor is pretty sterile.

SEAN
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Wasn’t Alaska originally at terminal 3? I recall reading about a class action law sute involving Southwest, Alaska & others in regards to exorbitent landing fees at terminals 1 & 3

I wondered why the most distent part of terminal 6 from gates 65 to 69B was elevated compared to the rest of the terminal. Are there other terminals at LAX with a similar arangement?

Bill from DC
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yes, alaska was in terminal 3. the LAX terminal map indicates that spirit, allegiant and midwest were also in terminal 6 along with frontier. cranky says frontier is staying but i would assume some of the others might migrate over to terminal 3, joining jetblue and virgin australia and virgin america. doesn’t sound like enough to fill a terminal to me… airtran is also there but i assume those gates will consolidate with southwest at terminal 1. of course i am not sure how that will work since terminal 1 has always seemed crowded but i doubt that WN will… Read more »
Bill from DC
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oh yeah, alaska’s intl arrivals will no longer go into TBIT, they will now be with the rest of alaka’s ops in terminal 6, freeing up more space in TBIT (always a good thing).

FRANK
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Speaking of improvements, LAS is busy, busy, busy with building an improved airport. Hope you venture over to report the Grand Opening there. Know when?

CP
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What happens to the old Alaska terminal?

Also, it’ll be interesting to see how access over to AA is. If you want to do up/down West Coast flying and earn AA miles, you’re mostly dependent on Alaska, and AA.com links to a lot of AS flights. But if the terminal transfer is a mess (especially in comparison with DL), that’s a bummer.

A
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$238M for that? I don’t get to LAX too often, but I didn’t see anything too flashy. Do appreciate the reports on what’s happening at airports, just wish you got farther east more often to the airports I tend to haunt.

Jeff
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Any word on what will become of Alaska’s old lounge in T3? As a frequent flier on Virgin America and a Priority Pass holder, I really enjoyed having that lounge available!

Nick Barnard
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I found it interesting that they added signs to limit aisles in the baggage check area area to specific travelers. They don’t have that at SEA where the bag checks are a free for all.

NYC Hotel
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I strolled the tube between T6/T5 about three several weeks ago. It was really well lit?like a medical center arena. Really bright lighting everywhere. Delta has images up all over the surfaces illustrating different locations, but other than that, the arena is fairly clean and sterile.

Brian Lusk
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Wow, my dad was in charge of Continental’s ticket counter at LAX in 1963 when that concourse opened. He took me inside before the formal public opening, and I thought it was amazing. Still remember watching PSA Electras and Pacific F-27s boarding from the ground as people walked down stairs to the ramp.

DAB
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I went into T6 yesterday since I like the old Presidents Club better than the old RCC in T7 and also T6 used to have shorter security (flying a UA RJ out of T8). Not any more… The problem yesterday was they had three TSA agents checking boarding passes (2 at the UA and 1 at AS, strangely enough, since AS had more people) but only had one screening line open. They also had the obligatory 6 or so extra TSA agents that seem to just be around screening at LAX doing nothing obvious… It was a cluster**** but I… Read more »
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