June Modernization Highlights

06/03/2019 09:13 AM

For Immediate Release
June 3, 2019

Charles H. Pannunzio
(424) 646-5260
Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX

Work continues at the Midfield Satellite Concourse, west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

(Los Angeles, CA) Each month, Los Angeles World Airports 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.

In May, LAX introduced the @FlyLAXstats Twitter feed, which provides frequently updated traffic, parking and TSA wait time information.

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.

The bridge across Center Way connecting Parking Structures 1 and 7 will be demolished in June to help make way for construction of the new Automated People Mover East Station.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Terminal Loop:

  • Terminals 1 and 2: The right-most drop-off lane on the Upper/Departures Level is closed to vehicles until March 2020 while it is used for a covered pedestrian walkway in the Terminal 1.5 construction area between Terminals 1 and 2. 
  • Terminal 3: The inner lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level will be closed through August for underground utility work at Terminal 3. Due to this work, the taxi zone and shared-ride stop east of Terminal 3 are closed, with signs directing guests to the nearest open stops at Terminal 2 or near the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The work also reduces space available for picking up guests. Motorists are encouraged to consider parking in a structure when picking up passengers in this area. The first 15 minutes are free in all parking structures within the Central Terminal Area and it is only $5 for the first hour.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: The right-most pick-up lane will be closed on the northern side of the terminal starting in mid-June to build a pedestrian walkway in advance of work to add a new Automated People Mover core to the front of the building. All three inner lanes will be closed overnight June 13-21 to build the new walkway. The left-most lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level will be closed overnight, generally from 1 to 6 a.m., starting June 3 for demolition of the bridge between Parking Structures 3 and 4. Shuttle stop locations will adjust based on construction, with signs directing guests to the closest pick-up spot.
  • Overnight lane closures: Some pick-up lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level may be closed between 1 and 6 a.m. for utility location work of the Central Terminal Area traffic loop.
  • Center Way: Intermittent lane reductions will be in effect Monday through Friday from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. for underground utility work. Center Way is closed between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and West Way to allow for construction of an Automated People Mover (APM) station. Work to demolish the bridge connecting Parking Structures 1 and 7 is expected to take place overnight the week of June 10-14, with detours posted.
Overnight lane closures are scheduled the week of June 10-14 while the Bureau of Street Services cleans the walls inside the Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel.

Impacts Near LAX:

  • Aviation Boulevard: A temporary detour route is being built to allow for the lowering of Aviation Boulevard and construction of a new 98th Street extension. Work to build the detour route will take place Monday-Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekday, daytime work is also possible. 
  • Sepulveda Boulevard: The Bureau of Street Services will wash the walls of the Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel the week of June 10. Two lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, with only one lane open in the southbound tunnel June 10-11 and one lane open in the northbound tunnel June 12-13.
  • Streets Surrounding LAX: Intermittent, short-term lane closures may take place to conduct underground utility exploration 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.
Hermes has temporarily relocated to the Great Hall at Tom Bradley International Terminal while DFS Group Limited is conducting extensive renovation of its retail stores.

Terminal Construction/Renovation:

  • Terminal 1: A Hudson Marketplace store has opened in the east end of the baggage claim area. Gate 10 has permanently closed for construction of Terminal 1.5. The pedestrian bridge connecting Parking Structure 1 and the terminal is closed, with signs placed to direct passengers.
  • Terminal 2/3: 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. 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 new Security Screening Check Point on the Lower/Arrivals Level. A second high-capacity baggage carousel has opened in the east end of Terminal 2 near Starbucks. Gates 22 and 30 are closed.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Gate 131 is closed for construction of improvements to the baggage handling facility, and Gate 132 is closed for work related to the new international 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. Hermes has moved to a temporary location in the seating area of the Great Hall. A Pret A Manger restaurant location is under construction in the Food Court area, and is expected to open this month.
  • Terminals 4/5: A $1.6 billion renovation program continues. Baggage Carousels 1 and 2 in Terminal 4 are undergoing replacement. A new baggage carousel has opened in Terminal 5.
A portion of the new walkway connecting Terminals 1 and 7 has opened near Center Way. 

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. (Note: Due to upgrades to the parking payment system, real-time updates for P3, P4 and P7 are not currently available, but should be back online soon.)
  • Terminals 1 & 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 3: The ground floor of Parking Structure 3 is currently closed while work takes place to create a new short-term parking area that is expected to open later this month.
  • Parking Structures 3/4: A new, temporary traffic pattern is in place in advance of enabling work to begin 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.
  • Parking Structure 6: The pedestrian bridge between Parking Structure 6 and Terminal 6 has been removed, and some parking spaces on the roof are temporarily unavailable. Guests should access Terminals 5 and 6 from the Lower/Arrivals Level.
  • Parking Structure 7: Over-height vehicles will no longer be allowed on the roof of P-7 after the exit ramp is closed this month. Vehicles will exit the structure from the ground floor. Some parking spaces may be temporarily unavailable due to utility investigation work related to the APM project. A new, automated payment system is expected to be in place this month, along with a temporary exit onto World Way South.
  • Sidewalk between Terminals 1 and 7: A portion of the new walkway between Terminals 1 and 7 has opened, while work continues south of Center Way. A pedestrian detour is posted.
  • Lot C/Lot E: Due to construction, Lot C is closed to the public. The new Economy Lot E is open at 5455 W. 111th St., offering approximately 2,200 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. 

A temporary walkway is located on the Upper/Departures Level between Terminals 1 and 2.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): Work continues to remove bridges connecting Parking Structures 3 and 4 and Parking Structures 1 and 7, where the Automated People Mover's West and East stations will be built.
  • Airport Police Facility: Upcoming work at the Airport Police Facility Project, located on the corner of Westchester Parkway and Loyola Bouelvard, will include the delivery of fencing material, digging post holes for fencing, installation of the fence posts and fencing material, and installation of fencing sound blankets. The fence will be located around the perimeter of the site; specifically next to the sidewalks on Westchester and Loyola and at the property line near the neighboring apartments.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 

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.  

For more information about LAX, please visit  www.flyLAX.com or follow on Twitter  @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, and on YouTube at   www.YouTube.com/laxairport1.  

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