02/19/2020 11:30 AM

Feb. 19, 2020

Charles H. Pannunzio
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Work continues inside the 750,000-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse in preparation for its opening later this year. The new facility will add up to 15 gates for international and domestic flights.

(Los Angeles, CA) As construction of the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) nears completion at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the facility is another major step closer to opening with the transition to officially becoming part of the LAX airfield.


With the move of airfield fencing and a sweep by police and K-9 officers over the weekend, the $1.6-billion extension to the Tom Bradley International Terminal was changed from a landside project, which has been its status since ground was broken in late 2016, to an airside project, which subjects it to a higher level of security for the remainder of the construction period. The ability to construct the concourse as a landside project was a rare opportunity for an active airport.

“The transition from landside to airside for our Midfield Satellite Concourse is another major milestone in building one of the most technologically advanced concourses in the world,” said Justin Erbacci, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “Thank you to the thousands of workers, many from our local communities, who have put in more than 1.4 million hours to get us to this point and who will help us finish construction in the coming months and prepare for opening day.”


The new 750,000-square-foot concourse, which features up to 15 gates, is connected to the Tom Bradley International Terminal through two tunnels, one for passengers and one for utilities and other systems. Guests will be able to access the concourse through either a 1,000-foot tunnel from Tom Bradley that will include moving sidewalks or by airfield bus from other terminals at LAX.

Among the finishing touches being worked on inside the building are the installation of terrazzo floors, carpet and ceiling panels, monitor screens and glass partitions. Similar work is going on in an addition to the Tom Bradley terminal that will house the elevators and escalators needed to reach the tunnel to the MSC.

Still to be announced are the names of the airlines that will fly from the new facility, which will handle both international and domestic flights. LAX will also soon announce the 25 brands that will be part of a robust concessions program that includes 44,000 square feet of shopping and dining options.


An Airport Operational Readiness group has been working with employees to prepare them to work in the new building. 

Before the concourse opens, LAX will bring in hundreds of volunteers later this summer to test the level of service and functionality of every aspect of this facility. From restrooms and wayfinding, to baggage systems and passenger boarding bridges, the new concourse will be put through realistic operational trials. Earlier this month LAX put out a call for volunteers and received an overwhelming response. LAX thanks everyone who signed up, and volunteers will be contacted later this spring.

The MSC is currently on track to open in the third quarter of this year.

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 nearly 88.1 million passengers in 2019 and offers an average of nearly 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in 42 states in the U.S., and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines. LAX handled 691,257 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2019.  

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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