Futurama: What's New at LAX

Explore the multi-billion dollar LAX modernization project

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar modernization project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The LAX modernization is considered the largest public works program in Los Angeles history - 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!

All Aboard in 2024

The $5.5-billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) will give airport guests choices that provide a first-class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access LAX. The program includes the Automated People Mover (APM), Intermodal Transportation Facilities, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility, improvements to the Central Terminal Area, and a connection to public transportation. Together, these projects will transform LAX into a world-class airport, relieve traffic congestion and improve the travel experience.

Rendering of Terminal 9 at LAX
Terminal 9 at LAX | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

Coming Soon: Terminal 9

The Airfield & Terminal Modernization Project (ATMP) is a multi-billion-dollar group of projects that will include airfield, terminal and landside improvements, with a targeted completion date prior to the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

ATMP highlights include:

  • Airfield Improvements - taxiways/runways
  • Terminal Improvements - new Terminal 9 (12-18 gates), development of Concourse 0 (6-9 new gates), replacing remote gates
  • Landside Improvements - Central Terminal Area will be reconfigured to access the new Terminal 9, and connect T9 to T8
Rendering of LAX Terminal 4.5 Core with pedestrian walkway to APM station
LAX Terminal 4.5 Core with pedestrian walkway to APM station | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

New Arrivals: Completed Projects

Opened to the public in November 2022, the Terminal 4.5 Core is the first major component to be completed as part of a $1.62 billion modernization of the 60-year-old Terminals 4 and 5. The Terminal 4.5 Core provides direct connectivity to the Terminal 5 baggage claim and check-in lobby. Additionally, it provides a centralized location between Terminals 4 and 5, where passengers can access all four levels of the terminal building on the pre-security side using elevators, escalators and stairs.

When the future Automated People Mover (APM) train project is complete, the Terminal 4.5 Core will provide access to APM’s West Central Area station via a pedestrian walkway.

The next phase of the Terminal 4/5 project is anticipated to complete in 2024 with the opening of the new Terminal 4 Headhouse, which will feature new ticketing counters and baggage claim carousels for American Airlines and a consolidated security screening checkpoint.

View from Delta Sky Club at LAX
Delta Sky Club at LAX | Photo: Delta
The bar at Delta Sky Club at LAX
Delta Sky Club at LAX | Photo: Delta

The first phase of the new Delta Sky Way at LAX opened to the public in April 2022, along with a new, premier Delta Sky Club. In October, Delta unveiled nine new gates at Terminal 3, and a dedicated Delta One check-in is expected in the first quarter of 2023. A joint $2.3 billion investment with LAWA, the Delta Sky Way is slated for completion in the fall of 2023. When it's finished, Terminals 2 and 3 will be a consolidated, 1.2-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art, 27-gate complex, featuring a quick airside connector to Tom Bradley International Terminal, eliminating the need to bus between terminals.

The Sky Way at LAX includes:

  • Centralized headhouse that consolidates check-in, security and baggage claim
  • 32 self-serve kiosks and 46 check-in positions
  • 250-foot digital backwall featuring wayfinding information in English and Spanish, Delta Sky Club volume, and flight and gate information
  • Six baggage claim carousels
  • 14 new security lanes

Spanning more than 30,000 square feet, the Delta Sky Club at LAX Sky Way is one of the largest in the Delta network, with ample space and amenities for guests to retreat, relax and recharge. The highlight of the Club is the Sky Deck, a year-round, all-weather terrace where guests can enjoy drinks from the premium bar and panoramic views of Downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills.

Hudson Nonstop at LAX Terminal 3
Hudson Nonstop at LAX Terminal 3 | Photo: LAWA

The first store of its kind at LAX, the digitally innovative Hudson Nonstop store opened in 2022 inside the reimagined Terminal 3. Retail offerings provide the latest in travel essentials, unique gifts and electronics with brands including Evolve by Hudson, Hudson Nonstop, A/K Boulevard and InMotion.

Powered by Amazon's Just Walk Out technology, Hudson Nonstop gives guests the convenience and speed of paying for their purchases without having to stop at a checkout. Customers simply enter their credit card or hover their palm to enter the store, pick up their must-have travel essentials and exit the store, providing a contactless shopping experience. An Amazon account isn't necessary to shop at Hudson Nonstop.

Terminal 3 guests can also experience Gameway, a premier video gaming and entertainment lounge offering personal gaming stations in a relaxed setting.

Opened in May 2021, the $1.73 billion West Gates addition to Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) features 15 aircraft gates as well as a Baggage Optimization Project that expands capacity for TBIT and the new facility.

LAX Order Now Border Grill delivery
LAX Order Now | Photo: LAX Shop & Dine, Facebook
LAX Order Now team
LAX Order Now | Photo: LAX Shop & Dine, Facebook

Pre-order your food and pick it up or get it delivered to your gate. Launched in May 2021, the LAX Order Now service is an expansion of the airport’s popular LAXOrderNow.com mobile ordering platform, which enables contactless ordering, payment and pickup from restaurants throughout the LAX terminals.

Provided by AtYourGate, the delivery service seamlessly integrates with the LAXOrderNow.com site and further enhances the digital experience by offering the convenience of direct delivery to the gates.

Urth Caffé & Bar LAX | Photo: Urth Caffé
Urth Caffé & Bar LAX | Photo: Urth Caffé

The $516.7-million renovation of Terminal 1 by Southwest Airlines features a new check-in area with all-new self-service ticket kiosks, an efficient nine-lane security checkpoint, new area for baggage claim, and exciting new dining and retail destinations with state-of-the-art design. The renovation also provides seamless connection to Terminal 2 and a future connection to the Automated People Mover (APM) train system. With 15 dining and retail destinations spanning 23,543 square feet, the new offerings introduce 13 brands new to LAX and eight that are making their airport debut. Local dining favorites include Urth Caffé, Reilly’s Irish Pub and more.

LAX United Terminals 7 and 8 | Rendering: HNTB
LAX United Terminals 7 and 8 | Rendering: HNTB

The $573-million renovation of Terminal 7 and Terminal 8 - serviced by United Airlines and United Express - includes an expanded ticketing lobby, improved security screening checkpoints, enhanced seating with more charging stations, and a new luxe United Club Terminal 7 Lounge. Additional enhancements in Terminal 8 include a new nursing room, upgraded restrooms, pet relief in the concourse, and improved customer service center.

The In-Line Baggage Handling and Screening System Program
improves and automates the security screening of checked baggage at all LAX terminals and makes 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.

LED light poles at TBIT | Photo courtesy of AECOM
LED light poles at TBIT | Photo courtesy of AECOM

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.

Guideway at Dusk l Courtesy of LAX
Guideway at Dusk l Courtesy of LAX

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.

Courtesy of LAX
Courtesy of 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. This $270-million project replaced or refurbished 212 outdated systems with modern units throughout the airport.

XpresSpa inside Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX | Photo: URW Airports
XpresSpa inside Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX | Photo: URW Airports

The centerpiece of the modernization program, the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) includes new aircraft gates and concourse areas, and a Great Hall with 150,000 square feet of premier dining, retail and other guest amenities. The state-of-the-art terminal opened in September 2013.

"LAX From Daylight Into Darkness" | Photo: Mike Kelley
"LAX From Daylight Into Darkness" | Photo: Mike Kelley

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