For Immediate Release
Feb. 12, 2020
Six virtual reality models showcase the future of LAX on your smartphone
A view of the West Central Terminal Area Station (l); a view of the Intermodal Transportation Facility - West Station (r).
(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) today released virtual reality models of the future Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Automated People Mover (APM) project. Accessible via smartphones, these interactive models include views of and from within the system’s three Central Terminal Area (CTA) stations and two Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF) stations. “Although the Automated People Mover train is still a few years of heavy construction away from being operational, technology lets us experience the future of LAX today,” said Justin Erbacci, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “The virtual reality experience shows the vision of a fully-connected LAX that will help solidify our airport’s status as a Gold Standard, world-class facility.” The models offer a glimpse into the integrated campus design of the APM system, which honors the heritage and history of the CTA and the iconic Theme Building with its mid-century modern design aesthetic. Featuring clean lines, airy and light-filled corridors, structural glass walls and high-performance coated metal panel cladding, the APM’s stations will create visual continuity throughout the LAX campus. The stations’ canopies cantilever and taper out 20 feet on each side of the roof, creating a floating appearance, and their smooth white metal finish improves the building’s heat island effect. Station platforms are lit via six 20-foot diameter circular skylights in the roof structure, which provide both filtered daylight and night time illumination from energy efficient LED fixtures emitting light from both above and below the canopy. The new virtual reality models can be accessed by scanning a Quick Response (QR) Code with a smartphone, which will direct the viewer to one of six models of the stations. Viewers can also enhance the experience with the use of 3D glasses. Click here to access printable QR Codes and scan to view select models of East CTA, Center CTA, West CTA, ITF-East and ITF-West stations.
The APM, a 2.25 mile elevated electric train system that will transport travelers in and out of the LAX CTA is the centerpiece of LAWA’s LAMP project. The APM will feature six stations: three stations inside the CTA, which connect to the terminals via elevated pedestrian walkways, and three stations outside the CTA, which will connect to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and a Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility. Scheduled to open for passenger service in 2023, the APM is expected to relieve congestion within the CTA and in turn the surrounding thoroughfares, thereby reducing emissions and vehicle miles traveled.
For more information about the APM project, including fact sheets, renderings and construction impact notices, and to subscribe to receive email updates, visit FlyLAX.com/ConnectingLAX.
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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