While the Covid vaccines are becoming available, it's important that you keep wearing your mask while you're out!
Thanks to CS for catching this shot!
We're coming up on one full year of the new COVID "normal" at LAX. The vaccine is becoming available, and a few of our controllers have already received theirs. The airlines have yet to experience a strong growth in traffic, although there are hopes for this summer. Nonetheless, the TSA is gearing up for a spring break surge, even though travel restrictions remain in place around much of the world. So far, the New Year's weekend was the busiest we've been since last March:
Since then, our daily traffic count is holding steady at around a thousand operations per day:
In other news, the Boeing 737 MAX has returned to LAX. So far, I've personally seen Maxes from AeroMexico, COPA, United, and Alaska. American, Southwest, and Air Canada are all beginning to bring their Maxes back on line as well, so we should see them sometime later this year.
Construction continues unabated. As I write, one of the runways on the south side is closed for a couple of months for concrete repair:
Meanwhile, we have two new north-south taxiways on the west side of the MSC. There are aircraft parking at the MSC now, but so far they are simply parking there; passenger operations have yet to begin. The MSC ramp control has gone live, relieving the control tower of responsibility for the gates along the west side of the TBIT, along with Taxiways K & L. They have a much better view of these, as I got to see for myself a while back when we briefly had to operate out of their facility one night:
|The view from the MSC ramp tower, looking to the east. The two arcs of green lights mark Taxiway K-2, which connects Taxiways K and L. The gates along the west side of the TBIT are all unoccupied; on the far left is Gate 130; center of the photo is Gate 148, then moving right 150 and 152. The control tower is marked by the pair of red lights beyond Gate 148.|
|People mover station next to the TBIT|
|Terminal 4-5 connector|