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Alaska Airlines and three others to switch terminals at LAX

March 20, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Alaska Airlines on Tuesday will move into its new $271-million home in Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport.
Alaska Airlines on Tuesday will move into its new $271-million home in Terminal… (Alaska Airlines )

Los Angeles International Airport will look a little different Tuesday as Alaska Airlines moves into a new space, and other airlines are switching terminals too.

Alaska moves from Terminal 3 into a $271-million renovated space in Terminal 6 that includes a bigger lobby, more ticket kiosks and bag-drop areas, six international gates and electrical outlets on half of the seats in the gate area. ("No more sitting on dirty carpeting in the corner," the airline's statement promises.) It also has a new Board Room lounge for club members.

Other airlines are on the move as well. Spirit Airlines moved from Terminal 6 to Terminal 3 on Friday; Great Lakes Airlines will move from Terminal 6 to Terminal 7 on Tuesday; and AirTran Airways will move in April from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1, where parent company Southwest Airlines operates.

Don't worry if you forget where you're going; airport signage will be changed Tuesday to reflect the new locations for those moving on that date.

And here are some names you won't see at the airport anymore. VAustralia has been replaced by the rebranded name of Virgin Australia, and Continental Airlines (merged with United Airlines) has vanished.

LAX's plans for a $1.5-billion new Tom Bradley Terminal to accommodate bigger jumbo jets such as the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been delayed. The project was expected to be completed in December but has been pushed back to spring 2013 because of weather holdups on construction.

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