Air New Zealand transit passengers on flights between Auckland and London will soon be able to access the general terminal area upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This will also include access to the airline’s lounge (for eligible passengers) at the airport without going through security checks.
US Customs approved the new transit process, under which arriving transit passengers will receive a token giving them access to the general terminal area in early 2013.
Air New Zealand will shift operations to the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX in 2014. Passengers will be able to use the new Star Alliance Lounge, managed by Air NZ, at the new terminal.
The lounge will be 3 times bigger than the airline’s present Koru lounge at LAX. It will also feature an open air terrace.
Air New Zealand also plans to increase its flight frequency on its Auckland-Los Angeles route to 16 return flights a week during the mid-December to end of January 2014 high season period. This will include 3 flights on Thursdays and Sundays and double daily services every other day of the week.
The airline is also introducing new Boeing 777 aircraft on its North America routes including those to San Francisco and Los Angeles.