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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been the bane of many travelers. Between the traffic headed into the airport and the difficulty with connections, some have sworn off flying there altogether. But, a historic milestone was just achieved and now passengers can access all eight of its terminals post-security.
The path from Terminal 1 to Terminal 8 is approximately two miles and provides an abundance of food and beverage outlets, retail and entertainment experiences, lounges, children’s play areas, and pet relief stations. This is the first time in the airport’s almost century-long existence that unrestricted terminal-to-terminal access has been available to passengers. It will become even more accessible in 2024 when the Automated People Mover and its pedestrian bridges open.
BOAC President, Karim Webb, said:
While we modernize LAX to greatly elevate our guests’ experiences, we are also advancing economic opportunities for the airport’s neighbors and the greater Southern California region. The projects that now allow passengers to go between terminals post-security also provided jobs for over 7,000 local workers, equaling over half a billion dollars in wages for these individuals. The roughly 2-mile end-to-end connection from Terminal 1 to Terminal 8 will continue to foster career pathways for our local community by supporting the expansion of operations and concessions roles.”
LAX is the sixth-busiest airport in the world and it served nearly 66 million guests last year. This connection along with other modernization projects is making it a better experience for all passengers.
Anthony’s Take: It’s great that passengers can now connect airside. Prior, if you came into one terminal and had to connect from another it meant leaving the secure area and trekking there to then re-clear security. This is a great change and one that was long overdue.
(Image Credits: Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports.)
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