ContinentalEWR
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LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:57 am

This terminal is a dump. I don't think it has been updated since it was first built. I flew out of it Memorial Day weekend on CO to EWR. Why doesn't LA Airports redo it?
 
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:05 am

You've never been to PHL have you?
 
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:12 am

CO or other T-6 tenants are free to step forward and fund a major make over as tenants have done in other terminals.

Last real work done in T-6 was prior to 9/11 when UA modified several gates and built its FIS facility between T6 & 7.
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:16 am

Quoting ContinentalEWR (Thread starter):
Why doesn't LA Airports redo it

Probably because they are spending billions to redo and improve the entire airport area. Rwys, taxiways, central terminal check-in. Not sure what they are doing to all of the terminals. I am sure it will be a major improvement.
 
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:25 pm

Quoting ContinentalEWR (Thread starter):
Why doesn't LA Airports redo it?

Everybody acknowledges that LAX is a dump. There is no need to say it over and over again on this forum. There are several reasons the terminals have not been upgraded in the past. However, there are definite plans to renovate the entire airport.
 
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:27 pm

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 2):
CO or other T-6 tenants are free to step forward and fund a major make over as tenants have done in other terminals.

Last real work done in T-6 was prior to 9/11 when UA modified several gates and built its FIS facility between T6 & 7.

T6 in LAX is one of the worst examples of US gateway airports. The ceiling in the rotunda area is filthy. The CO and DL gate areas before the rotunda are a little better, but the rest of the terminal is a disgrace. I'm not sure what work of any kind was done on that terminal in at least 10 years and probably longer. Delta did a nice job on T5 nearly 20 years ago and AA's T4 isn't bad, but expecting DL or UA to pony up anything to help with the costs of renovating T6 isn't going to happen.
 
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:48 pm

Look, I'm tired of people bagging on LAX for it not being aesthetically pleasing or a gem of modern architecture. Its still an efficient airport. Security is never more then a half hour, I've flown out of LAX a hundred times. Never have I experienced a security line an hour long, never have I been 9th in line for take off. So what if its not modern, what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up in efficient movement of getting people into and out of the airport quickly. And even if its not at the pinnacle of high design, It isn't NBO, it isn't LOS, it isn't ACC, it isn't DPS, it isn't TIJ, and it isn't LHR. Its better then all of those, except maybe Heathrow's new terminal, T5.
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:52 pm

I hope that if they redo T-6, that they don't make it look like all the other airports. Rather, I'd love to see it restored to its vintage retro style.
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:55 pm

Quoting ContinentalEWR (Thread starter):
Why doesn't LA Airports redo it?

Why don't you do a search and see this topic has been discussed ad nauseum?

Quoting DL777LAX (Reply 6):
Look, I'm tired of people bagging on LAX for it not being aesthetically pleasing or a gem of modern architecture. Its still an efficient airport.

Damn straight, especially the dump of a terminal number 6. This is an incredibly simple terminal with short security lines and ample curb and checkin facilities (mainly because DL checks in 5 and UA in 7). There are places to eat and a pretty good candy/snack shop. The seating isn't pretty but it's comfortable, and in all my LAX experiences, it's the easiest to navigate at all times of day.

The monitors may not be plasma, but they have all the flight information and are current. The President's Club is small but quite nice with views of the taxiway and the runway. The baggage area could use cleaning up, but bags come out quickly and it's not as crowded as many other baggage areas I've been to recently.

The reason it's not been redone is because the status has been up in the air. I understand Virgin America may be moving in, and if that leads to a reorganization of gates, expect CO to also step up and improve their area. Right now, they are so stretched out among shared gates, there isn't much use in upgrading the seating.
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:56 pm

Who was the original tenant in Terminal 6....CO ?
I believe CO had a hub in LAX many years ago.

Do the Stars and VIP's ever use/seen in Terminal 6 when
they fly on a commerical flight? I imagine most of them
fly AA or UA since they have better facilities and private areas.
 
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 1:01 pm

Quoting WDBRR (Reply 9):
Do the Stars and VIP's ever use/seen in Terminal 6 when
they fly on a commerical flight? I imagine most of them
fly AA or UA since they have better facilities and private areas.

Considering UA uses T6 for quite a few of its flights, they sure do see T6. In addition, UA's premium check-in at LAX is at T6 I believe, so they'd clear security at the T6 checkpoint. Last I was through T6 a few months back, there were red-eyes to ORD, SYD, JFK and my flight to IAD all leaving out of there.
 
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 1:13 pm

LAX would be an amazing airport if it had an outside tramway, behind security lines, so transferring from one terminal to another would not involve additional TSA screening. However, with codeshares, it'd be nice to have.

Having said that, LAX is primarily and O&D airport, and most connections involve only one airline or system (commuter and mainlaine). That means most airlines will be almost exclusively in one or two connecting terminals, and as a result a visitor's first impression of Los Angeles can range from the spectacular T5 (Delta's) or T4 (American's) to the pleasant T1 (Shared among Southwest and USAirways/America West) and T6, T7, and T8 (mostly United) to the unpleasant T2 and the downright awful T3 and T6. Very sad to think that some parts of T3 are the same as when "Airplane!" was filmed.

In the end, if an airline wants to help with the upgrade, LAX management will be more than happy to chip in (much like matching sales tax revenue for state highway projects), but if not, you'll have to wait until all the other massive upgrade projects are completed.
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 3:21 pm

Quoting DL777LAX (Reply 6):
Look, I'm tired of people bagging on LAX for it not being aesthetically pleasing or a gem of modern architecture. Its still an efficient airport. Security is never more then a half hour, I've flown out of LAX a hundred times. Never have I experienced a security line an hour long, never have I been 9th in line for take off. So what if its not modern, what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up in efficient movement of getting people into and out of the airport quickly. And even if its not at the pinnacle of high design, It isn't NBO, it isn't LOS, it isn't ACC, it isn't DPS, it isn't TIJ, and it isn't LHR. Its better then all of those, except maybe Heathrow's new terminal, T5.

Amen to that brother!
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RE: LAX Terminal 6

Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:07 pm

Quoting WDBRR (Reply 9):
Who was the original tenant in Terminal 6....CO ?
I believe CO had a hub in LAX many years ago.

The original tenants at LAX were:

T2: Pan Am, National, all foreign airlines
T3: TWA, Bonanza
T4: American
T5: Western
T6: Continental, Delta, PSA, Pacific
T7 / T8: United

Pacific stayed on at T6 after merging with Bonanza to form Air West / Hughes Airwest, and after Hughes Airwest's takeover by Republic.

PSA remained in T6 until T1 opened in 1984. T1 was originally planned to be used by PSA and National Airlines, but NA merged with Pan Am before T1 opened. NA's gates in T1 were taken over by Air Cal (which had previously used T4 with American), Muse Air, and Southwest.

Airlines that added service to LAX after the new terminals opened:

Braniff: T2
Eastern: T3
Northwest: T4. NW moved to T2 after the Tom Bradley International Terminal opened in 1984.
Texas International: T7
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