13 Apr 2017 08: 00


(Los Angeles, California – April 12, 2017) The final parcel of land necessary for the development of a new airfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was turned over to construction crews this month, the latest milestone in the ongoing effort to transform LAX into a world-class international gateway.The enabling project was delivered on-time and $8 million under budget.

The demolition of a former Coast Guard hangar and other structures on the airfield clears the way for construction of the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC), a vital construction project designed to enhance the passenger experience and improve airline efficiency.The construction preparations also included the relocation of the airport’s rotating beacon, fiber communication infrastructure and Federal Aviation Administration equipment to other parts of the airfield, and the demolition of a former Trans World Airlines hangar.

“With the enabling work for the midfield concourse site now completed – on time and under budget – it is full speed ahead towards opening the concourse at the end of 2019,” said Deborah Flint, chief executive officer of Los Angeles World Airports. “This new concourse will be state of the art and has been designed to provide excellence in guest experience,” Flint added.

A new Department of Water and Power electrical substation, which will supply electricity to the MSC, will be constructed on the parcel previously occupied by the Coast Guard hangar.

Expected to be completed in late 2019, the MSC is a planned $1.6-billion state-of-the-art, five-level facility which will provide the nation’s second busiest airport with 12 new gates. T he 750,000-square-foot concourse will be located west of TBIT, connected by a 1,000-foot-long underground pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways.Buses will also be used to transport passengers between the concourse and other LAX terminals. In addition, the new concourse will provide additional flexibility to accommodate aircraft while other terminal upgrades at LAX are underway.

In a related development, construction is also beginning on the Gateway building that will connect to the passenger tunnel between the TBIT and the MSC. The Gateway will provide additional space for airline clubs inside TBIT, and include escalators and elevators needed for departing passengers to access the tunnel and for arriving passengers to access customs.

Afor the MSC was held in late February.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is the fourth busiest passenger airport in the world, second in the United States, and was named Skytrax’ 2017 Top 10 Most Improved Airports. LAX served more than 80.9 million passengers in 2016 an increase of almost 8 percent from last year.As of March 2017, LAX offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 91 U.S. cities and 1,220 weekly nonstop flights to 78 international destinations in 41 countries on 66 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 697,138 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2016.

An economic impactanalysis based on 2014 activity,found LAX generated more than 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion to the Greater Los Angeles region. The economic benefits of LAX added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The analysis also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys, one of the busiest general aviation facilities in the U.S. – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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(NOTE: Construction photos from April 11, 2017 follow)

  Cutline: Excavation work continues at the site of the future Midfield Satellite Concourse.

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