Alaska Airlines has reached agreement with Los Angeles World Airports to move from its existing location at Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 3 to...

Alaska Airlines has reached agreement with Los Angeles World Airports to move from its existing location at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 3 to Terminal 6.

According to Alaska Airlines, the decision will pave the way for a major renovation of Terminal 6 to feature the carrier’s ‘Airport of the Future’ check-in process and modernized gate facilities.

Alaska Airlines says its move at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)will provide a single-terminal operation for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, as well as more convenient access to U.S. Customs and Immigration checkpoints and to codeshare partner Delta Air Lines, which is located in Terminal 5.

Alaska Airlines plans to move into Terminal 6 at LAX in late 2011 and begin operations there in spring 2012. Artist renderings of the Terminal 6 modernization project can be viewed at

“Our modern Airport of the Future facility will improve efficiency and greatly enhance our customers’ experience at LAX,” says Karen Gruen, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of corporate real estate. “And our new location at Terminal 6 will provide faster and more convenient connections for our customers on Mexico flights and for those arriving or departing on codeshare flights served by our partner, Delta Air Lines.”

Alaska Airlines painted this Boeing 737-800 to commemorate its growing route network to Hawaii. The aircraft is photographed over Molokai's sea cliffs

Also planned as part of the renovation are a new Board Room lounge, a central service counter, a spacious passenger waiting area and new gate-information displays. The project will incorporate sustainable building practices in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“This is a big step forward in the overall modernization of LAX because Alaska Airlines is partnering with us to provide much needed upgrades to the level of service and convenience for not only our international, but also for our domestic travelers,” says Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports.

Alaska Airlines introduced its ‘Airport of the Future’ check-in process at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2004. Patented in 2006, the design enables travelers to obtain boarding passes quickly and check luggage at easy-to-use kiosks and bag-check stations instead of a traditional ticket counter.

The airline has subsequently implemented its ‘Airport of the Future’ check-in process at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and, on a smaller scale, in Los Angeles, Boise, Idaho, Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, and several locations in Alaska.

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