Many US airports have taken advantage of the relative lull in construction in the past few years and have embarked on projects to improve their facilities. On March 26, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and American Airlines re-opened Gates A8 – A16 in Terminal A.
The renovated area includes power outlets for charging mobile devices and work tables at each of the gates; a spacious open design; separate areas for Priority check-in; and “next generation” self-service kiosks. We think one of the best features is the security check area display with real-time estimated wait times and of course, additional shops and cafes, with an emphasis on healthy dining.
Meanwhile earlier in the month on the west coast, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) awarded a design-build contract to Turner Construction for a secure connector between Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Currently passengers arriving on domestic flights must go through security (again) for their international flight departing from Tom Bradley. A peak times, this terminal is quite busy with long lines.
A secure connector from Tom Bradley to the adjacent Terminal 4, which is connected to Terminals 5, 6, 7 and 8, will provide access to international flights from additional terminals and save travelers much time and frustration. Yea!
Included in Turner’s contract is also construction of a new facility for checked luggage inspection, additional security areas for international arrivals who need to connect to a domestic flight, and an upper-level outdoor seating area that will replace the current ground level area outside the entrance to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
No mention in LAX’s press release was made of the date either construction will begin, or more important for travelers – the anticipated completion date for this work. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.