For Immediate Release
March 9, 2020
The approximately 6.4 million square-foot-facility opens in 2023.
(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced commencement of the first concrete pour for Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility. The initial pour represents a fraction of the 265,000 cubic yards of concrete that will be poured for the approximately 6.4 million square foot facility, which will become the largest rental car facility in the world when completed.
LAX ConRAC Partners (LAXCP), the developer building the facility, has built a concrete batch plant to make concrete on-site for the Ready/Return and Idle Storage areas, which will reduce the number of deliveries each day by approximately 80-90 vehicles. In total, approximately 1,000 cubic yards of concrete will be produced each day, three to four days a week, totaling around 220,000 cubic yards of concrete over the course of the next year and a half.
“This pivotal project will remove more than one million shuttle trips to and from the Central Terminal Area per year, while creating a streamlined experience for the hundreds of thousands of people renting cars from LAX,” said Justin Erbacci, Interim Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “To see the first foundation pour completed is an exciting milestone, and the first of many more to come as we build the future of LAX.”
Workers pouring concrete for one of the facility's footings next to a pedestrian corridor (l); Workers pouring concrete during the early morning hours (r).
Construction of underground pedestrian corridors, mainly for emergency egress, is also underway and the first tower cranes will soon arrive on site.
“We are proud to help LAWA with its commitment to modernize LAX,” said Karl Schaefer, Project Executive, LAXCP. “This foundation pour marks a significant phase of construction for the project and we look forward to marking many more milestones with LAWA along the way to opening the facility in 2023.”
Designed to improve the rental car experience, the ConRAC facility is an integral component of the larger LAX Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The facility will consolidate existing rental car locations in and around the LAX area into one convenient location adjacent to the 405 freeway. With a direct connection to the Automated People Mover (APM) train system, rental car shuttles will no longer be needed, which will result in the elimination of 3,200 daily rental car shuttle trips to and from the LAX Central Terminal Area and on city streets.
Along with the ConRAC facility, LAX’s modernization includes a 2.25 mile elevated Automated People Mover train system, Intermodal Transportation Facilities and roadway improvements.
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A rendering of the Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility with the Automated People Mover.
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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