Los Angeles International Airport

Travel Tidbits from JFK and LAX

For the next four months, 14 hand-drawn, large-scale illustrations of iconic New York city locations, such as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, can be seen in the corridors of Terminal 4 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The work is hand-drawn by British-based artist Chris Dent and also includes 18 smaller illustrations of NYC staples such as subway trains, taxis, slices of pizza and coffee cups.

National Employee Appreciation Month is being marked at Los Angeles International Airport with a Gold Star recognition program that celebrates employees who provide great service.

To make it easy for travelers to nominate a badged LAX employee, the airport has created a web form.  Nominations can also be made by texting STAR to 52948. Anyone who works for the airport, airlines, concessions, service providers, TSA and Customs are eligible.

To encourage travelers to particpate,  LAX Guest Services staff will be in the terminals next week sharing information – and handing out goodies.

Airport amenity of the week: LAX pylons in rainbow colors



The iconic Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have been lit to honor and celebrate all sorts of holidays, events and special memorial days and this past weekend the pylons have been lit up in rainbow colors in recognition of LGBTQ Heritage Month and LA Pride Week.

The pylons stretch out for 1.5 miles of the approach to LAX on Century Boulevard, grow in height from 25 to 60 feet and are most visible as a ring of 15 100-foot-tall columns at the entrance to the airport.

They were installed in 2000, received a major upgrade in 2006 when the original lamps were replaced with 2,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and can now display more than 16 million colors.

Here’s a video ‘drive-through’ of the Pylon project that contains video of an artist installation inside one of the pylons:

In progress: LAX new Midfield Satellite Concourse

You can’t say they’re not trying.

Ground has been broken phase one of the new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at Los Angeles International Airport.

When completed, sometime in late 2019, the $1.6-billion, five-level facility and an associated new baggage system will add 12 new gates, more amenities and greater flexibility for parking aircraft.

Designed as an extension of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the new 750,000-square-foot concourse will be located west of TBIT (the Tom Bradley International Terminal) and connected by a 1,000-foot-long underground pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways.  Buses will also be used to transport passengers between the concourse and other terminals.

Two of the new gates will accommodate the larger Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8 jets, with the remaining 10 gates accommodating Boeing 777s and 787s, and the Airbus 330s and 350s.

Among a wide range of other new features, the new midfield terminal will be ‘smart’.

According to LAX, flight information displays will include scanners that allow passengers to receive personalized maps on their boarding passes.  Beacon technology will also be in place and will work with a new LAX app on smartphones to help passengers find their way around the concourse and find the concessions and amenities they are interested in – and to help LAX track how passengers use the concourse features.

And, looking forward, LAX says the concourse is being built with future technology enhancements in mind, including automated boarding gates that make use of biometrics, such as facial geometry, fingerprints or iris scanning for identification.

*All images courtesy Corgan in association with Gensler.

Souvenir Sunday at LAX

It’s Souvenir Sunday – the day we take a look at some of the fun and inexpensive things you can buy when you’re stuck at the airport. This week’s treasures come from the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport.


While flights are now arriving and departing from the swanky new terminal and the duty free shops selling cosmetics and liquor are open, many other retail and dining outlets won’t open till later in October.


One shop that is open: Sanrio Surprises. So no one has to go home without some Hello Kitty-related items.



Beyond big scissors: LAX seeks opening day ideas


In September 2013 flight operations will begin at the Antonio R. Villaraigosa Pavilion and south concourse boarding gates in the the $1.5-billion New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport.

There will be an opening day ceremony, of course, but LAX officials are hoping to have something more exciting going on than speeches and the cutting of a ribbon with a pair of giant scissors.

So they’re turning to the public for unusual and creative opening day ideas that are “cost-effective, creative and out-of-the-box.

If you’ve got something to suggest, e-mail your idea laxpr@lawa.org by Sunday, August 11, 2013.

The winning concept will be used as the official grand opening ceremony of New TBIT and the winner or winners will also receive a gift basket, which we hope will be filled not with just t-shirts and mugs, but with gifts that are also somewhat out of the box.

What’s so special about the New TBIT: it will double the size of the existing TBIT; have 18 new boarding gates (nine of which will be able to accommodate the double-decker Airbus A380 and other new-generation aircraft); and offer lots of new shopping and dining options.