American Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) have broken ground on a $1.6bn modernisation project for Terminals 4 and 5 of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – the largest individual investment by American Airlines at an airport in its 92-year history.
The project will completely modernise and update the infrastructure of LAX’s two busiest domestic terminals and create open and efficient check-in and security processing areas; establish more gate areas with increased seating and access to modern amenities; and enable the airline to incorporate new technologies.
The designs include a unified departure hall, which will combine the entranceway of Terminals 4 and 5. Movement between the two terminals for connecting passengers is expected to become easier due to the secure-side bridge connecting Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which was completed in 2016.
Workspace of the 7,300 team members at LAX will also be modernised and redesigned by including collaborative and open spaces to meet modern needs; renovated break rooms; multi-use small and large meeting rooms; and team gathering spaces throughout the terminals.
Work on reconfiguring the ticket lobby of Terminal 5 has already begun, which will enable the construction of the Landside Access Modernization Project (LAMP) Core between Terminals 4 and 5.
The LAMP Core facility will provide elevators, escalators and stairs for passengers arriving from the new Automated People Mover (APM) train system, and continue from curbside to gate areas.
The modernisation project is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs.
Additional benefits and features will include fully upgraded and modernised Terminal 4; unified 300,000ft², 28-gate complex for Terminals 4 and 5; less roadway congestion; spacious new departure hall; reconfigured ticket counter and check-in areas; and seamless access from check-in area to security screening areas.
The project will also create 16 lanes for security screening with automated technology; modern signage to guide passengers to their gates; modern finishes and restroom facilities; and upgraded amenities at gate areas.
American Airlines signed a letter of intent with LAWA in June 2017, which set the framework for the carrier’s record investment.
Construction at the two terminals will be taken up in phases and most of the public-facing components of the project are expected to be completed in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Image: A rendering of the $1.6bn modernisation project to fully reimagine Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 4 and 5. Photo: Courtesy of American Airlines.