By Joe Brancatelli
If you fly to, through or from Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport, get ready for a raft of changes from several quarters.
- LAX is getting an influx of international service. Fights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport begin November 11 (on All Nippon Airways) and February 11 (Delta Air Lines). Turkish Airways begins LAX-Istanbul service on March 11. Iberia resumes service to Madrid on April 20. And LAX-Shanghai flights begin April 5 (American) and May 20 (United Airlines).
- A major overhaul of concessions at Terminals 4, 5, 7 and 8 will take place in the second half of next year. There will be more than a dozen new restaurants and airport branches of local hits such as Ford’s Filling Station; Alan Jackson’s Lemonade; and Engine Co. No. 28. There’ll also be a branch of Skewers from the well-known Masaharu Morimoto, a star of the Iron Chef television show.
- Alaska Airlines is moving to Terminal 6, but it will temporarily operate from Terminals 2 and 3. There is a shuttle to connect the gates, but all check-in and baggage claim will be in Terminal 3, Alaska’s current LAX home base.
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