Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar Capital Improvement Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that's projected to last through 2023. The LAX modernization program is considered the largest public works program in the history of the City of Los Angeles. Begun in 2009, the overall program is expected to create more than 121,000 annual construction-related jobs. What does all of this mean for you, global traveler? Read on!
The $515.8-million renovation of Terminal 1 will improve its interior, its outdoor aircraft parking ramp area, and the traffic flow through the Central Terminal Area. The upgrades include: a new state-of-the-art, consolidated security screening checkpoint; a fully automated checked baggage inspection and sorting system; an integrated passenger waiting room/concessions program; refurbished arrivals/baggage claim area; replacement of the passenger boarding bridges; relocation of the main entrances to ease traffic congestion; new ramp pavement and hydrant fuel system improvements. A new food court will include Cassell’s Hamburgers, Trejo's Tacos, Urth Caffe and more.
Nearing completion, the $578-million renovation of Terminals 7 and 8 promises to deliver a superior experience for customers at LAX. When completed, the project will refurbish virtually all of its public space in the terminals and offer more of the conveniences and amenities that passengers value. The new look terminals and gate areas will feature a modern design with relaxed and inviting spaces, including a variety of comfortable seating options and abundant charging stations for electronic devices. The expansive ticketing lobby will incorporate the latest technology such as selftagging baggage kiosks. These technologies, along with an upgraded security-screening checkpoint, will enable travelers to move quickly and efficiently from curb to gate.
The In-Line Baggage Handling and Screening System Program will improve and automate the security screening of checked baggage at all LAX terminals and will make travel through LAX safer, faster and more convenient. The total cost of the program covering all nine LAX terminals is estimated at $613 million, with reimbursement expected to total $460 million from the Transportation Security Administration. This project will be completed when the Terminal 1 renovation is finished later this year.
LAX IN LIGHTS
Completed in 2017, the $118-million Curbside Appeal and Roadway Improvement Project provides a new, dramatically upgraded look for LAX with the installation of modern LED street lighting, wayfinding components, and a new canopy for Terminal 4. The project also includes traffic safety and roadway improvement measures, including an Upper/Departures Level retrofit and traffic improvements to World Way South and Center Way.
RUNWAYS AREN'T JUST FOR FASHION
Mandated by Congress for all U.S airports, Runway Safety Area improvements to all four LAX runways were completed in August 2017. The safety enhancements ensure that modern planes - and designs of the future - will be able to take off and land within FAA guidelines.
SPEED THROUGH LAX
New escalators, elevators, and walkways speed travelers to their gates and baggage-claim areas in a safe and efficient manner with energy-saving, sustainable technology. Completed in 2016, this $270-million project replaced or refurbished 212 outdated systems with modern units throughout the airport.
NEW INTERNATIONAL DIGS
The centerpiece of the modernization program, the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (New TBIT) includes new aircraft gates and concourse areas, and a Great Hall for premier dining, retail and other guest amenities. The state-of-the-art terminal opened in September 2013.