- Los Angeles will gain a new security checkpoint and lounge
Portland a renovated and expanded regional concourse
San Francisco more gates
Seattle Tacoma an expanded satellite in the coming years
Alaska has preferential use of 10 of the 14 gates in terminal 6 at Los Angeles International airport as a result of the 2016 merger. The carrier and operator Los Angeles World Airports are in the midst of finalising a long-term agreement for those gates - and potentially more - as well as build a new consolidated security checkpoint
Alaska hopes to take over all 14 gates in terminal 2 once American consolidates its operations in the under-construction terminal 1 in 2020, says Harrison. This would be a boost from the 10 gates it has currently in terminal 2 and the international terminal.
I find this very interesting because after the merger, Alaska significantly reduced seats at both LAX and SFO from -4.8% and -9.6% respectively where SEA and PDX have both grown 8.8% and 7.6% respectively. This is in sharp contrast to their CCO's statement that "The plans for both Los Angeles and San Francisco would enable the carrier to continue to grow at the airports" as they have not been growing at these airports. They would need at 40% expansion at SFO to move from 10 to 14 gates plus similar-ish numbers at LAX if they wish to expand that greatly.
Do you think AS is going to show more love to ex-VX stations in the coming year or continue focusing on their legacy markets?
Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... se-454096/