Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be getting a new SkyTeam lounge, which is long overdue.
Air France opening lounge in Tom Bradley International Terminal
- This lounge will be located in the west gates, known as the Midfield Satellite Concourse
- The lounge will be 11,500 square feet, though there’s the possibility to add an extra 2,300 square feet within six months of lease commencement, for a total of 13,800 square feet
- It’s expected that construction will take 12 months, so at the very earliest, the lounge will open in mid-2024 (with how airport construction works, I expect it will probably take longer than that)
- The space is being leased for a period of 15 years, and LAX will receive at least $2.8 million in annual rent for the space
- Air France was actually supposed to finalize plans for this lounge all the way back in March 2020, but unsurprisingly, that all fell apart due to the pandemic
Last year I wrote in detail about the LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse, and I noted how there was space there for lounges. That’s exactly where this lounge will be, on level six. Below are some pictures I took at the time.
What should we expect from the Air France Lounge LAX?
LAX TBIT desperately needs more lounge capacity, so I’m happy to see that plans are firming up for more new lounge space.
As far as the details of the lounge go, as of now, all we can do is speculate. Air France is pretty consistent with its lounges in North America, so here are my expectations:
- This lounge will primarily be intended for Air France and KLM passengers, as both airlines fly to the airport; per reciprocal SkyTeam lounge access rules, other SkyTeam flyers will be able to visit this lounge as well
- I expect that this lounge will be open to Priority Pass members, at least during some hours of the day, as that’s the case at all Air France lounges in the United States; TBIT doesn’t currently have any Priority Pass lounges, so that’s nice
- I’d manage my expectations when it comes to the quality of this lounge; while Air France has great lounges in Paris, the airline definitely tries to heavily monetize its lounges in the United States, so I wouldn’t expect anything too special
- I doubt there will be a pre-flight dining facility (since it’s not really needed from the west coast, given that flights to Europe are much longer)
- Presumably the lounge will have some sort of special space for Air France La Premiere (first class) passengers; this could just be a partitioned off area, or it could be more exclusive than that
Currently the only SkyTeam lounge in TBIT is the Korean Air Lounge, which is horrible. The lounge is so bad that Air France doesn’t even send its passengers there — instead business class passengers are directed to the oneworld Lounge, while first class passengers are directed to the Qantas First Lounge.
I imagine the new lounge will be better than the Korean Air Lounge, though it might not be better than the oneworld Lounge or Qantas First Lounge.
A lease agreement has been signed for Air France to open a lounge at LAX TBIT. The lounge will be located in the Midfield Satellite Concourse, and construction is expected to take about a year. In addition to being a SkyTeam lounge, I suspect this lounge will also be open to Priority Pass members, at least based on the rest of the Air France lounge portfolio in the United States.
What do you make of the upcoming Air France Lounge LAX?