On Wednesday, I flew into Terminal 4 at LAX and had to connect to the “TBIT,” otherwise known as the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The TBIT is where most of American’s OneWorld partner carriers depart from, so the ability to walk from a domestic flight that lands at Terminal 4 straight to the TBIT is a huge improvement. It also allows one to explore the shops, lounges, and restaurants in TBIT.
I crossed the connector three times, just because I loved it so much. Here is how quick it is, captured in 19 seconds!
Okay, so it doesn’t really take 19 seconds, but I did time it and my average pace took 4 minutes and 21 seconds. This was also going at a decently brisk pace, but also didn’t include me walking on escalators or using the moving walkways, either.
One thing I will say is that I really enjoyed a lot of the American Airlines advertising space. The “battle” for California is going strong among virtually all of the major carriers, except for Hawaiian, JetBlue and the ULCCs: American, Delta, United, Southwest, and Alaska all have a huge presence at LAX airport and advertising real estate can be a really powerful tool to market to the thousands of people passing through each corridor and connector by the hour.
Here are some of the advertisements that I saw:
Overall, I’m so thrilled by the connector at LAX. It is a huge part of the modernization project at the airport, and really represents the commitment by LAWA to make the airport a much more transit-friendly place.
Here are some other testimonials on the International Terminal Connector by other prominent bloggers.