If you read blogs on BoardingArea, you might have seen a few posts about airlines moving terminals in LAX etc. If you haven’t here is a brief rundown:
From May of this year, 21 airlines will be switching terminals; Delta will be relocating from T5 & T6 to T2 and T3, American will also be taking over T5. In between that, there are many other carriers that will be changing where they operate to and from at LAX.
One of the airlines that will greatly benefit from this move is Qatar Airways. Currently, the Doha-based airline uses T2 and let’s just say, the experience for premium passengers is quite poor. The airline uses the Air Canada maple leaf lounge which is average at best from what I’ve heard.
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge LAX Image – Loungereview.com
What does this mean?
- Major improvements on lounge access
If you’re flying in a premium cabin you’ll really benefit from this. If you’re a Qatar Platinum or Oneworld Emerald member you can use the brilliant Qantas First Class Lounge.
And if you’re in Business Class, Qatar Gold or hold Oneworld Sapphire you can use the Oneworld Business Class lounge which is run by Qantas, Cathay Pacific, and British Airways.
- Connections are much easier
If you’re connecting onto an American Airlines flight (Oneworld), connecting is now so much easier than what it was before. All you have to do is pass through Customs & Immigration when you arrive and follow the signs to the connector. You’ll have to go through TSA just before the connector but it’s a heap easier than exiting the terminal and walking to T4 and T5.
This is a really big improvement for all passengers on Qatar, especially for ones seated in Business or who hold elite status.