Air New Zealand to upgrade LAX terminal
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Air New Zealand’s relocation to a bigger terminal in Los Angeles International Airport means its passengers can look forward to better food, more shopping and more space while they are in transit.
In early 2014 the airline will move to the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, in the middle of a $US1.7 billion makeover, adding 18 new gates and a brand new dining and retail precinct.
For almost 20 years the airline has been housed in the airport's original international terminal, Terminal 2, built in 1962.
The new lounge will be a shared Star Alliance Lounge - used by eight Star Alliance partner airlines that also operate out of the Tom Bradley terminal including
Air New Zealand’s general manager Americas Roger Poulton says the move will make a big difference to the overall passenger experience when travelling via Los Angeles.
“The new terminal facilities have been designed to accommodate 30% more passengers an hour, so our customers can look forward to faster boarding and disembarking, more efficient customs and immigration processing and a much better food and retail experience,” Mr Poulton says.
The new lounge will be three times the size of the existing facility with different spaces to suit customer needs – a bar area for socialising and a library space for working, for example.
And from an outdoor terrace area customers can take in views over the northern runway towards the Hollywood hills.
The Tom Bradley International Terminal, named after Los Angeles' longest-serving mayor, hosts most of the major international airlines.