3. Are there any plans for the iconic theme building?
Its available for lease if you have a restaurant look for a home.
The whole reason behind dedicated arrivals and departures levels is that the two functions are separated and allow for a greater throughput; LAX has violated that very basic tenent by requiring all rideshare pickups be done on the departures level. It's a mess of LAWA's own making.
I don't have time to post oodles of stats and traffic studies, but segregating traffic between lower and upper levels has reduced
CTA traffic counts.
For instance by placing hotel shuttles only on arrivals levels and private parking shuttles on upper level several thousand trips per day have been eliminated as shuttles dont need to drop off upstairs, then circle around and enter CTA to pick up again on lower level. They now simply do their loop on the single level and leave the CTA.
For TNCs, the same concept works as they can drop off a client in T-1 for example, and immediately pick up a ride in T-2. Both Uber and Lyft are working with LAWA to more timely match customers to vehicles about to arrive in the CTA to reduce need for them to leave and go off airport to only return again.
Also so one understands this new arrangement also benefits companies like the hotel and parking shuttles as they each must pay LAWA a fee for each time they circle the CTA. These commercial vehicles are transponder equipped and LAWA charges them for each loop they make, so companies are happy not to have to double trips both on upper and lower levels are previously done.
Lets not ignore the other things LAWA has acomplished - the upper roadway loop was widened and received an entire additional lane, plus other smaller changes such as additional lanes of roadway leading up to T-1 from 96th street, and additional lane off the upper level onto Sepulveda south, while intra CTA roadways such as the center-way have been reconfigured for higher traffic volume.
"LAX wasn't built for connections" and "only about 25% traffic is connecting".
Yeah, but that means that the absolute number of connections is probably above 20 million, which is a big number. That's a huge inconvenience for a lot of people. And heaven help you if you want to travel between terminals - it's getting better but still poor relative to many other airports.
Under 10% of traffic actually connects between terminals. Vast majority of connections are under same roof to things like regional partners or markets like Hawaii.
This was the concept of the airport when it was designed, so airlines can remain in their own satellites, and craft terminals for their own needs.
A bit off topic but does anyone know why the satellite terminals on the West side of the airport exist? They feel very strange. They are incredibly inefficient in keeping space, they are tiny, and actually rarely used.
The remotes? They are used daily for several dozen flights. Mostly busing ops from TBIT.