I had some extra time during my last trip to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and checked out the new midfield satellite concourse in the Tom Bradly International Terminal. It’s a beautiful new addition that further transforms LAX into a world-class airport.
Beautiful New LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse
- The project cost $1.6BN and adds 12 new gates to the Tom Bradley International Terminal
- The new concourse can be reached by bus or by foot
- Interestingly, low-cost carriers like Allegiant, Frontier, and Sun Country use this terminal and offer bus service between the new concourse and Terminal 1
- Air France and KLM are also using the new concourse
Inside the Villaraigosa Pavilion of the Bradley Terminal, there is a new sign next to Petrosian Caviar directing passengers to gates 201-225.
I followed the escalator downstairs into a long tunnel with moving walkways and mood lighting. It is about 1,000 feet (nearly a quarter mile).
At the end of the tunnel, I found a pair of escalators leading upstairs to the new concourse.
Atop the first landing was bus ports, which are currently being used to take pasnsfers flying on budget carriers to terminal 1 to collect baggage.
Atop the second landing was beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and a concessionaire.
The terminal stretched right and left, with expansive gate areas as far as the eye could see. Restrooms are open, but other restaurants and stores are not.
After taking in the new terminal, I headed downstairs and boarded a bus for terminal 1. Not only did that save me plenty of time reaching LAXit, but it gave me a chance to enjoy some stunning tarmac views on the way to T1.
By the way, the landside-connector linking Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 is now complete as well. Soon, all terminals at LAX will be linked on the secure side (post security).
I’m proud of my home airport for the remarkable metamorphosis it has undergone over the last decade. Once an embarrassment to Los Angeles and the Unitd States (as a port of first entry), it is fast-becoming a world class facility and will shortly have direct Metro access for the first time. Now if we can only meaningfully address the traffic problem, which seems even worse now than it was before the pandemic…