Alaska Airlines and Los Angeles International Airport announced an agreement earlier this week that will allow Alaska and its affiliate airline, Horizon Air, to move their operations to a renovated terminal at LAX.
The airport will spend nearly $300 million and the airlines $18 million renovating the airport’s Terminal 6 in the next year. The renovated terminal will provide larger facilities for Alaska and Horizon to allow quicker connections to two partner airlines, Delta and American.
The refurbished terminal also will allow Alaska to handle both domestic and international flights from the same terminal. Under the present arrangement at LAX, passengers inbound from Mexico on Alaska and Horizon are deplaned at Tom Bradley International Terminal and clear customs there. They then must trek to Terminal 3 for their connecting Alaska flights even if that flight is on the same aircraft that brought them from Mexico.
When Alaska and Horizon move to Terminal 6 next year, all customs formalities for Alaska flights will be handled at that terminal.
The renovation will include new check-in counters that will replicate Alaska’s “Airport of the Future” arrangement at Sea-Tac.