Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar modernization project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that's projected to last through 2028. 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 2023
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 Metro. Together, these projects will transform LAX into a world-class airport, relieve traffic congestion and improve the travel experience.
2020: The Gateway to the World Opens
Scheduled to open in 2020, the new $1.6 billion Midfield Satellite Concourse addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) will feature 12 aircraft gates as well as a Baggage Optimization Project that will expand capacity for TBIT and the new facility.
New Arrivals: Completed Projects
TABLE FOR TWO AT TERMINAL 1
Unveiled in November 2018, 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. With 22 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, Trejo's Tacos, Cassell's Hamburgers and more.
Terminal 1 is also the home of the first long-term LA Original store, which showcases locally designed, assembled, or manufactured goods through a line of LA-branded products from across Los Angeles. Proceeds support creative entrepreneur programs.
MORE TECH & LUXURY IN TERMINALS 7 & 8
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. This project was completed when the Terminal 1 renovation was finished in 2018.
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.
WORLD-CLASS DIGS FOR GLOBAL TRAVELERS
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.
Now Boarding at LAX
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