02/10/2021 11:00 AM

Feb. 10, 2021
LAX Public Relations
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LAX has completed work on a critical taxilane ahead of schedule.

(Los Angeles, CA) By taking advantage of reduced traffic and working together with airline partners in Terminals 4 and 5, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) was able to complete a major airfield improvement project - installing new concrete on Taxilane C9, which serves 12 gates at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - more than week earlier than anticipated.


“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles World Airports has focused on utilizing the reduction in air traffic to expedite and find efficiencies in construction and repair programs, and the full reconstruction of Taxilane C9 is one example of how we’ve strategically used this time to create a long-term benefit to our airport,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “Thanks to strong relationships with our airline partners and thoughtful planning and implementation by our construction and operations teams, we were able to deliver this project ahead of schedule and with limited disruption to our operations.”


Work on the $2.85-million project began in late January, only two months after getting approval from the Board of Airport Commissioners, a much shorter planning period than similar projects have required.


Taxilanes are used by aircraft to travel between the taxiway/runway complex and their gates.  As aircraft have gotten heavier and use of the taxilanes at LAX more frequent, occasional asphalt repairs are completed. After being repaired several times, a long-term solution was needed for Taxilane C9.


Sully-Miller Contracting Company performed the work, replacing a 60-foot-wide section of the full length (882 feet) of the taxilane. The new concrete section is 19 inches thick, on top of 8 inches of new base material. Adjacent to the new concrete, the contractor replaced 11 feet of asphalt that is 6 inches deep.


Work took place 24 hours a day to complete the project in the shortest amount of time possible. The taxilane reopened Tuesday afternoon, more than a week ahead of the Feb. 19 scheduled completion date.


Construction activity such as this can have considerable impact on airport operations. When a taxilane is closed, aircraft must use alternative facilities, which can be inconvenient for airport passengers. LAWA worked together with the Terminal 4 and 5 airlines to reduce the impact of the work, both by speeding up the construction and eliminating the need for any displaced aircraft to use the West Remote Gates.


LAWA Airport Ops, the LAWA Airport Development Group Engineers, and LAWA Maintenance Field Paint Crew worked together to temporarily modify the Gate 57 markings to allow smaller aircraft to park at Terminal 5 during construction. In addition, space was available at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, and American Airlines briefly reopened its Eagle Terminal to help create the least-impact possible.

Photos courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and Thomas Neylon, American Airlines.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.

LAX generates 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 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 (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.

LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.

LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.

LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).


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