Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) to determine the exact cause and permanent fix for the power disruption that occurred at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Wednesday night.
What we know at this time is that at 6:29 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, the primary LADWP power line that feeds LAX failed, resulting in the loss of power to the entire Central Terminal Area (CTA). For Terminals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and Tom Bradley International Terminal, power automatically switched to backup power and was restored within the first hour. Power to Terminals 1, 7 and 8 had to be switched manually to backup power. Full power was restored to the remaining three terminals by around 10 p.m.
LADWP is currently working to repair the damage to the primary power line to LAX. At this time, LAX remains on the backup power line. While airport operations are currently back to normal, LAX is securing additional backup generators in case of additional power disruptions while repairs are made.
To facilitate repairs, LADWP may be closing one lane on westbound Century Boulevard, between Vicksburg Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard. LADWP anticipates this work to repair the primary line will be completed by the end of the day. The location of the work is past the Century Boulevard entrance to LAX. We do not anticipate that this closure will create a significant traffic impact, but as with any trip to the airport, guests are asked to check on traffic conditions before leaving and to give themselves plenty of time to get to and through LAX.
LAWA is closely monitoring the situation. Updates will be shared at @FlyLAXAirport. Guests can go to flylax.com for information on traffic, parking structure and economy lot availability and current construction projects, or follow @FlyLAXstats for updates on TSA wait times, traffic flow and parking structure availability.