For Immediate Release
Dec. 3, 2019
Charles H. Pannunzio
Work continues on Terminal 1.5, which will include space for additional ticket counters and baggage claim carousels, and connect Terminals 1 and 2 to the future Automated People Mover.
(Los Angeles, CA) Each month, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) shares updates on current and upcoming construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). As the airport is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar modernization program, new projects are starting with regular frequency. This newsletter contains information about the status of projects within the terminals at LAX, as well as construction impacts to the airport roadways and the surrounding communities.
During the winter holiday travel period, which runs Dec. 20-Jan. 2, most construction work that reduces lanes within the Central Terminal Area (CTA) will be suspended. An interactive map that includes current construction projects can be found here: https://www.flylax.com/en/lax-traffic-and-ground-transportation/airport-construction-map. Click on the hard hats for more information about specific lane closures and construction projects.
With the opening of LAX-it, the taxi and ride app pickup lot, personal vehicles now must use the outer lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level. No private vehicles are allowed on the inner lanes as they are reserved for LAWA-operated buses and shuttles. Guests who are using taxis or ride apps to leave LAX should follow walking signs or take the green LAX-it shuttle to the new location. Taxi and ride app drop-off continues at the terminal curbs on the Upper/Departures Level, where hotel and private parking lot shuttles now also pick up and drop off guests. Most other modes of ground transportation and private vehicles are picking up guests at the outer commercial islands on the Lower/Arrivals Level.
In addition, Little Century west of Sepulveda Boulevard is now closed to private vehicles. Only Lyft vehicles may use this access.
Earlier this year, LAX introduced the @FlyLAXstats Twitter feed, which provides frequently updated traffic and parking availability information. We encourage our guests to check current conditions before heading to the airport.
During Cast-In-Drilled-Hole (foundation) work for the East CTA Automated People Mover (APM) station, Center Way will be reduced to two lanes, with overnight full closures possible.
Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Central Terminal Area:
- Terminals 1 and 2: The right-most drop-off lane on the Upper/Departures Level is closed to vehicles until spring 2020 while it is used for a covered pedestrian walkway in the Terminal 1.5 construction area between Terminals 1 and 2.
- Tom Bradley International Terminal: The right-most pickup lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level is closed between Columns B2 and B5 on the northern side of the terminal for use as a pedestrian walkway during work to add a new Automated People Mover (APM) vertical core to the front of the building. The outer commercial island on the Lower/Arrivals Level has been widened by 6 feet to allow space for more guests. Arriving guests are also encouraged to use the new Terminal B Pickup area on the ground floor of Parking Structure 3. The right drop-off lane is closed on the Upper/Departures Level for use as a pedestrian walkway during demolition of the canopy ahead of APM vertical core construction.
- Terminals 4 and 5: Work continues to demolish the Upper/Departures Level canopy in preparation for APM vertical core construction. Both drop-off lanes and sidewalk in the area will be closed, with pedestrians detoured onto a temporary walkway.
- Terminals 5 and 6: Work continues to demolish the Upper/Departures Level canopy in preparation for APM vertical core construction. Both drop-off lanes and sidewalk in the area will be closed, with pedestrians detoured onto a temporary walkway during the day and into the building during overnight hours.
- Center Way: Center Way is closed between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and West Way to allow for construction of the APM's West Station. Center Way is reduced to two lanes from Theme Way to Circle Way, with intermittent full closures in effect Monday through Friday from 12-9 a.m. for Cast-In-Drilled-Hole (foundation) work for the East CTA APM Station.
A new traffic pattern is in place on the 96th Street bridge, with vehicles headed to the CTA using the right lane, and taxis and ride app vehicles going to LAX-it in the left lane.
Impacts Near LAX:
- Aviation Boulevard: Work to restore the curbs and traffic signals at 104th Street, 111th Street and Imperial Highway in the area of Metro's Crenshaw/LAX Project may require temporary lane closures.
- Jetway Boulevard: An 800-foot section of the new road, which will eventually connect Westchester Parkway and Century Boulevard, is open to serve the new Avis Rental Cars location and provide access to the ride app holding lot. The remainder of the road will open in 2023. Traffic signals and crosswalks have been installed at the intersection of Jetway Boulevard and Westchester Parkway to allow controlled turns for employee parking.
- 96th Street bridge: A new traffic pattern is in place, with inbound vehicles heading to the CTA using the right-most lane while taxis and ride-app vehicles going to LAX-it using the left lane.
- "Little Century": The portion of Century Boulevard west of Sepulveda Boulevard (sometimes called "Little Century") has been restricted to Lyft vehicles heading to LAX-it.
- Streets Surrounding LAX: Intermittent, short-term lane closures may take place to conduct underground utility exploration and relocation as needed on streets in the LAX area. Streets include Century Boulevard, 96th and 98th Streets, Airport Boulevard, Westchester Parkway/Arbor Vitae Street, and Aviation Boulevard. At least one through lane of traffic will be maintained at all times and access to businesses will be maintained.
Spirit Airlines is scheduled to move its check-in counter in Terminal 5 from the area on the left to new positions on the right during the early morning hours on Dec. 4.
- Terminal 1: Gate 10 is permanently closed for construction of Terminal 1.5. Gate 12A is closed until completion of Terminal 1.5. The pedestrian bridge connecting Parking Structure 1 and the terminal is closed, with signs placed to direct passengers.
- Terminals 2 and 3: Because of construction guests should make sure they go to the correct terminal, as the indoor connectors on the Upper/Departures and Lower/Arrivals levels are closed for demolition work that begins later this month. According to Delta Air Lines, its passengers flying to all international destinations as well as Atlanta, Detroit, Hawaii, New York (JFK), Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington National should check their bags in Terminal 2. All other domestic passengers should drop their bags at Terminal 3. Sky Priority passengers can drop their bags in either terminal. Guests in T3 are routed downstairs to a Security Screening Check Point on the Lower/Arrivals Level.
- Tom Bradley International Terminal: Due to APM vertical core construction, the north escalators and stairs located outside the terminal are temporarily closed. Several offices on the Upper/Departures Level have moved due to the construction. The Customs and Border Protection office is now located near the south checkpoint escalators. The LAWA information desk is now across from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. International Currency Exchange is now on the north side of the terminal. A future AMEX Centurion Lounge is under construction through early 2020. Gate 131 is closed for construction of improvements to the baggage handling facility, and Gate 132 is closed until later this fall for work related to the Midfield Satellite Concourse. Work continues on an addition to the terminal near Gate 148 that will house elevators and escalators that access the tunnel to the new concourse. DFS Group Limited is conducting extensive renovation of its retail stores throughout 2019. Hermes and Gucci have opened in their newly renovated locations, with Burberry expected to reopen in December.
- Terminals 4 and 5: A $1.6 billion renovation program continues. Baggage Carousels 1 and 2 in Terminal 4 are undergoing replacement. Two new carousels, numbered 5 and 6, are available in Terminal 5. American Airlines' check-in counter in Terminal 5 has moved to the west end of the ticketing lobby, with Sun Country moving just to its east. JetBlue, Frontier, and Allegiant have moved their ticket counters to the central portion of the lobby. Spirit Airlines will move its check-in counter to a new area just west of its current position on Dec. 4. Signs are posted to direct customers to the new locations. XpresSpa is moving from the area near Gate 50B to the area near Gate 50A.
A temporary, covered walkway has opened between Terminals 5 and 6 on the Upper.Departures Level to accommodate guests during construction of a terminal vertical core.
Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:
- Real-Time Parking Updates: Guests can access maps with real-time information on how full parking structures within the Central Terminal Area and Economy Lot E are by visiting https://www.flylax.com/en/parking-at-lax. Parking rates and a calculator to estimate costs can also be found on this webpage. Parking availability can also be found on the @FlyLAXstats Twitter feed.
- Terminals 1 and 2: Construction on Terminal 1.5 will narrow the sidewalk between Terminals 1 and 2 on the Lower/Arrivals Level. A covered walkway is located on the Upper/Departures Level, and will be in place until March 2020.
- Parking Structure 2b: A new, temporary exit has opened onto West Way while work takes place to demolish the bridge between P2a and P2b as part of the construction of the APM. In addition, P2b now uses an automated payment system.
- Parking Structures 3 and 4: The bridge between P3 and P4 has been demolished. A temporary traffic pattern is in place due to enabling work for construction of the APM. An automated payment system has replaced the cashier booths, with motorists exiting the structures onto World Way. Because of construction in the area, the number of exit lanes is limited. Fire sprinkler installation and painting will take place one level at a time in P3 and P4, with parking restrictions posted a week in advance. The Upper/Departures Level entrance to P4 is tentatively scheduled to be closed Dec. 6-20. The ground level of P3 has been converted into a passenger pickup area.
- Terminals 5 and 6: A temporary, covered walkway is in place between Terminals 5 and 6 on the Upper/Departures Level to accommodate guests while a terminal vertical core, which will connect to the future APM, is constructed.
- Parking Structure 6: The pedestrian bridge between Parking Structure 6 and Terminal 6 has been removed. Guests should access Terminals 5 and 6 from the Lower/Arrivals Level.
- Parking Structure 7: Over-height vehicles are no longer allowed on the roof of P7. Vehicles exit the structure from the ground floor. An automated payment system has replaced cashier booths. Vehicles now use a temporary exit onto World Way South.
- Lot E: Economy Lot E is open at 5455 W. 111th St., offering approximately 2,700 long-term spaces for $12 a day.
Please note that all dates provided in this notice are subject to change. Up-to-date construction alerts showing roadway lane restrictions and sidewalk closures in the terminal loop, as well as a pedestrian walking map and helpful airline terminal finder, can be found at www.flyLAX.com. LAX also partners with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic reporting app, to provide enhanced information on conditions inside the airport and on nearby roadways.
Vehicles leaving Parking Structure 2B will use a termporary exit onto West Way while work takes place to demolish the bridge between P2a and P2b.
Updates on Other Projects:
- Airport Police Facility: Construction crews will be excavating and trenching within the project site as well as preparing for and installing concrete, duct banks and the on-site construction management office. Parking will not be allowed on 94th Street west of Lincoln Boulevard for the duration of the project.
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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