For Immediate Release
Sept. 18, 2019
Los Angeles International Airport is celebrating Latino Heritage Month with food, entertainment and culture. Mariachi Los Reyes kicked off the celebration early last week with performances in Terminal 2 as part of the LAX Presents series.
(Los Angeles, CA) This week marks the beginning of Latino Heritage Month, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is proud to honor the influence of Latinx culture through a variety of culinary offerings, cultural performances, art and guest experiences.
Latin America is a growing market for LAX, with more than 5.7 million passengers flying between LAX and Latin America this year – an increase of more than 4 percent from the previous year.
“With 413 nonstop weekly departures to Latin America, and four of LAX's 10 largest markets located in Mexico, LAX is one of the top U.S. gateway airports to the Latin American region,” said Barbara Yamamoto, Director of Guest Experience and Innovation, Los Angeles World Airports. “Los Angeles is a destination rich with the contributions and influences of the Latinx community, and LAX is proud to showcase the Latinx artists, flavors, music and influence within the aviation industry.”
Latinx Flavors at LAX
Starting this week, LAX is partnering with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield's airports group, URW Airports, to bring a paleta (Mexican popsicles) cart to LAX, treating airport guests to complimentary paletas while supplies last. While locations are subject to change, below are the current dates, locations and times when airport guests can enjoy a frozen Mexican treat:
Friday, Sept. 20
Terminal 1 near the L.A. Original store from noon to 3 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27
Terminal 2 next Barney’s Beanery from noon to 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4
Terminal 6 W Kitchen Food Court from noon to 3 p.m.
LAX guests can enjoy complimentary paletas during Latino Heritage Month on the dates and at the locations noted above.
Airport guests can also experience flavors from Latin America at the following LAX concessionaires and retailers:
Border Grill (Tom Bradley International Terminal): With a menu of “modern Mexican” dishes, Border Grill puts a new spin on the authentic home cooking of Oaxaca and the Yucatan. The vibrant cantina is the perfect place to indulge in mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, or add a little spice to any trip with a cocktail from the full-service bar.
Cantina Laredo (Tom Bradley International Terminal): Authentic Mexican is a staple in Southern California, and Cantina Laredo offers some of the best around, from small plates of ceviche and fresh guacamole to nachos, quesadillas and frozen margaritas. Breakfast tacos are available for early travelers, and the pre-security location makes it possible to enjoy a meal with non-ticketed loved ones before a flight.
Trejo’s Tacos (Terminal 1): Check out the fresh and authentic Mexican flavors from Hollywood Legend Danny Trejo. Freshly-made tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more.
TOP: Leo's Xpress taco truck serves al pastor tacos and more in Terminal 4. BOTTOM: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti with Danny Trejo, actor and owner of Trejos Tacos, sampling tacos at the Terminal 1 transformation reveal event late last year.
Urth Caffé (Terminal 1): Urth Caffé offers exclusive organic coffees and fine teas, many of which are sourced in Latin America. A customer favorite includes Urth's most famous blended ice drink, the Spanish Latte Granita and the Travelers Blend coffee can only be found at the LAX location.
Univision (Terminal 2): Stocked with travel essentials, including newspapers, magazines, cold beverages and snacks, this convenient one-stop shop is associated with the popular Spanish-language network and specifically geared toward the Latinx market.
La Familia (Terminal 3): This vibrant restaurant will have you craving everything on the menu. Take a seat and bask in the moment while enjoying a delicious meal & refreshing beverage.
Leo’s Xpress (Terminal 4): Leo's Xpress is part of the LAX rotating food truck program, offering a truly authentic L.A. taqueria experience. Leo's Xpress has an extraordinary menu that features freshly made tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tortas. The "Al Pastor" tacos are a customer favorite.
¡Loteria! Grill (Terminal 5 and Terminal 7): ¡Loteria! Grill provides regional Mexican dishes with fresh and homemade salsas. Passenger discounts for the Terminal 5 location only include (12 and under) Kid’s Cheese Quesadilla with Chips and 16 o.z. soda/drink $8.99.
Corona Bar (Terminal 8): Corona Bar offers American comfort food with a Mexican touch and a great bar and lounge area to relax.
On Oct. 8-9, LAX Presents brings Los Angeles-based Mexican Dance Company, Folklor Pasion Mexicana, led by one of Southern California’s finest folklorico instructors, Juanita Lopez.
Latinx Dance and Art at LAX
Established in 1990, the mission of the LAX Art Program is to enhance and humanize the travel experience by providing diverse and memorable art experiences throughout the airport. The LAX Art Program currently includes temporary exhibitions, permanent installations, and cultural performances.
Last week, LAX Presents kicked off the performances by Mariachi Los Reyes, the most sought-after mariachi group in Hollywood. Next month, on Oct. 8 and 9, LAX Presents brings Los Angeles-based Mexican Dance Company Folklor Pasion Mexicana, led by one of Southern California’s finest folklorico instructors and California-native, Juanita Lopez.
TOP: Airport guests can view Mexican-American printmaker Marianne Sadowki's exhibit in Terminal 1. BOTTOM: Brazilian-American artist, curator and educator, Bia Gayotto, currently has a group curated exhibit entitled, Latitude 33° 56', on view in Terminal 1.
Additionally, L.A.-based Latin American artists Marianne Sadowki and Bia Gayotto’s artistic work is currently featured in Terminal 1 through early next year. Marianne Sadowski, a Mexican-American printmaker, has a solo exhibition titled Rhizomatic Variations in Terminal 1. Her artwork celebrates Los Angeles’ vast layers of diversity: people coming from all over to seek their dreams; iconic landscapes of freeways and Mexican fan palms; spectacular sunsets splashing an endless maze of streets and buildings; and creeping nature peeking through overlooked spaces. Her series of prints was created by layering different maps of Los Angeles with imagery of native and non-native plants seen throughout the city. "Rhizomatic Variations" is on view for ticketed passengers until February 2020.
Bia Gayotto, a Brazilian-American artist, curator and educator, currently has a curated group exhibition on view in Terminal 1. Latitude 33° 56' features the work of eight Los Angeles-based artists who use maps or mapping techniques to translate their unique experiences of place. From geographical to psychological explorations, their artworks encompass multiple subjects, viewpoints, distances and time sequences. Latitude 33° 56' is on view for ticketed passengers until March 2020.
Mexicana Airlines display currently at The Flight Path Museum.
Latinx Airline Industry Influence
The Flight Path Museum joins LAX in commemorating Latino Heritage Month by celebrating the significant contributions of Latin American airlines by showcasing airline uniforms. The Flight Path Museum vintage Latin American airline inflight uniform collection dates from 1990 and includes Brasil Rodo Aereo Transportes, GOL, Mexicana, Pasaredo, Trans Brazil, Trip, Varig, VASP Brazilian, Volaris and Webjet Brazil. On display are a pre-2010 Mexicana pilot’s uniform, Volaris 2009 flight attendant uniform jacket, blouse and skirt, dress, scarf, hat and coat plus a 1990 female Varig flight attendant uniform. The Flight Path Museum invites everyone to visit the museum from Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Flight Path Members are free and admission for non-members is $5. Free parking is available on site.
Latinx on @flyLAXairport
On social media every week, LAX will feature Latinx chefs at LAX who create culinary experiences and share Los Angeles flavors that guests and employees enjoy. Follow our Instagram and Twitter (@flylaxairport) to learn more about our chefs. If you happen to visit any of the restaurants that our chefs oversee, experience the artwork or performances, noted above or even enjoy a paleta, snap a photo and tag us at #LatinxsAtLAX
LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.
LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study 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 was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – 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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