Mayor Garcetti breaks ground on new $1.6 billion LAX terminalStaff Writer | March 1, 2017
Mayor Eric Garcetti broke ground on a new, $1.6 billion terminal at LAX that will make traveling through the airport easier, and help bring even more visitors to L.A. from around the world.
Airlines A record 47.3 million tourists visited Los Angeles
The Mayor joined Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Bob Blumenfield and Joe Buscaino along with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) leaders to unveil plans for the terminal.
“LAX means so much to L.A.’s economy — it’s an incredible job-creator that employs more than 50,000. A record 47.3 million tourists visited our city last year — that's why we’re investing billions to make it one of the premier airports in the world,” said Mayor Garcetti.
The new, sustainably designed terminal will be an extension of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). It will be located in the airfield just west of TBIT, and will connect passengers to it directly through a 1,000-foot underground tunnel.
The additional capacity created by Midfield Satellite Concourse will enable LAX to add flights to destinations around the world, relieve congestion at other terminals, and make operations at the airport smoother for travelers.
Construction of the new terminal is expected to create 6,000 new jobs and produce more than $300 million in direct wages. And more than $195 million of that work will go to small businesses.
The Midfield Satellite Concourse is set for completion in 2019. The terminal is just one piece of a $14 billion modernization plan that includes upgrades to nearly every terminal in the airport, and a generational rail project that will connect airport passengers directly into L.A.’s public transportation system. ■