New luxury lounge at Los Angeles International

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New Luxury Lounge at LAX Offers Star Treatment to Travellers

 

By Bob Curley

 

If you’re a camera-shy celebrity — or just want to be treated like one — you’ll soon be able to get five-star service at a new private lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. The paparazzi-proof pampering won’t come cheap, however.

 

Scheduled to open next month, the so-called Private Suite at LAX is located far from prying eyes in a converted cargo facility adjacent to the airport’s southernmost runway, the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-private-airport-lounge-20151118-story.html) reported. Members pay a US$7,500 annual fee plus per-day charges of $2,700 (for up to four people) for domestic travel and $3,000 for international travel, according to Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2017/04/26/exclusive-first-look-inside-the-new-private-celebrity-terminal-at-los-angeles-airport/#58f49e03292d).

 

The facility includes valet parking and a private, TSA-staffed security clearance checkpoint. Individual suites have bathrooms, food service, daybeds, and a raft of amenities that include wall-mounted candy dispensers, prayer mats for Muslim travelers, and dress shirts, ties, and raincoats, Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/04/lax-airport-private-lounge-celebrities-2017) notes. Complementary spa services are available on demand. When guests are ready to depart for their flight, they are taken directly to their aircraft in a luxury BMW.

 

The lounge is owned and operated by Gavin de Becker & Associates (http://gavindebecker.com/main/), which provides security to celebrities and other high-profile individuals worldwide.

United unveils renovated LAX lounge

LAX United lounge outdoor terrace

United has unveiled its newly renovated lounge at Los Angeles International airport (LAX).

Part of a US$573 million project to renovate all customer-facing spaces at the airport’s Terminals 7 and 8, the LAX United Club lounge is now one of the airline’s largest, spread across 1,900 sqm.

Features include a larger kitchen and bar, lounge and work seating and an outdoor terrace offering views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles skyline.

Julia Haywood, United’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said: “LAX is a key piece of our global route network, and we’re incredibly proud that it will house one of our finest United Clubs.

“Aesthetically, it’s unlike any other, with panoramic views of the city and an outdoor terrace. These unique amenities – along with fresh food, wine menus, craft cocktails and, most importantly, exceptional service and hospitality for our customers – will elevate the entire experience to something that will truly impress and delight visitors.”

In the last year United has opened an economy lobby, baggage claim areas and a new security checkpoint in partnership the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), featuring five automated screening lanes.

Delta unveils Los Angeles airport relocation plans

Delta unveils Los Angeles airport relocation plans

Delta has unveiled plans to “modernise, upgrade and connect Terminals 2 and 3” at Los Angeles International airport over the next seven years.

The $1.9 billion project will see the US carrier relocate from its current home at Terminals 5 and 6, to a remodelled complex at Terminals 2 and 3.

The airline said that the plans would allow it to “build a premier space for its LAX operations alongside its airline partners” including Aeromexico and Virgin Atlantic, as well as expanding the number of gates “commensurate with the airline’s growth” at the airport.

The project will also provide a secure connector to the north side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the airport, allowing “seamless access” to other partners including Air France-KLM, Alitalia, China Eastern, and China Southern.

The carrier said that it was “moving forward with the first steps” of the project, following the approval for a terminal facilities lease and license agreement from the Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Airport Commissioners.

Planned new facilities include a private Delta One check-in lounge, new Sky Club lounges, fast check-in for Delta Shuttle services, and an integrated in-line baggage system.

Commenting on the news the carrier’s CEO Ed Bastian said:

“This is a significant milestone for Delta in Los Angeles, and it illustrates a strong, successful public-private partnership.

“Delta is working hard to become the preferred airline for Angelenos, and this project reinforces our commitment to our LAX hub and to an ever-higher level of service for our customers.”

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