CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON $230 MILLION RENOVATION PROJECT AT LAX TERMINAL 6
07/19/2021 10:30 AM
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July 19, 2021
LAX Public Relations
A $230 million project underway in Terminal 6 includes full modernization of passenger boarding areas.
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON $230 MILLION RENOVATION PROJECT AT LAX TERMINAL 6
(Los Angeles, CA) Work has begun on a $230 million project that will greatly improve the guest experience at Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including a complete overhaul of the gate areas and lounges, and the replacement of passenger boarding bridges.
"LAX is bringing to life our vision for a reimagined airport from top to bottom, providing the very best terminals, transportation and services to our guests," said Sean Burton, President, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. "Terminal 6 represents another opportunity to put our best foot forward to the world as we deliver on our infrastructure promises."
"The modernization of Terminal 6 is a crucial piece of how we are elevating the guest experience at LAX through our industry-leading investments in technology, amenities and facilities," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “Along with our partners at Alaska Airlines, we are excited to begin work on this next terminal project, as we create a world-class airport for Los Angeles and our guests.”
The work in Terminal 6 includes improvements to how guests access U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Federal Inspection Station (FIS) and the modernization of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Security Screening Checkpoint, which will feature five Automated Screening Lanes and three standard lanes. A drive-through bus gate, which will provide better access for guests transferring to or from other terminals, is also part of the project.
Airside improvements include new apron paving, fuel lines and other airfield infrastructure.
This work is in addition to the concurrent construction of a Terminal Vertical Core that will connect Terminals 5 and 6 to the future Automated People Mover train system.
Three gates on the southeast end of the Terminal 6 satellite are currently closed as work takes place in that area. The work will continue in phases through 2023.
Four gate area holdrooms will be enlarged as part of the project, with renovations taking place in 11 other gate areas, creating a cohesive look throughout the space. The project is being administered by Alaska Airlines, which is the leaseholder in Terminal 6, with Rivers and Christian serving as designer and PCL the lead contractor.
“Our Alaska and oneworld guests traveling from Terminal 6 at LAX will benefit from a greatly enhanced experience thanks to this modernization project,” said Shane Jones, Vice President of Real Estate & Airport Development, Alaska Airlines. “The guest experience is at the heart of everything we do, and the focus in this project is to improve every step of the journey, from the security checkpoint with the latest technology, to modern expanded holdrooms with powered seating, to improving our operational performance with key infrastructure upgrades, this investment is all about the Alaska guest.”
In addition to Alaska Airlines, Air Canada leases two gates and shares a common-use gate in Terminal 6. The terminal also currently serves Boutique Air and Southern Airways.
The original Terminal 6 satellite was built in 1961 along with many of the current LAX Central Terminal Area facilities. A second-level concourse with four gates was added to Terminal 6 in the mid-1980s, and two projects totaling $318.5 million were completed between 2012 and 2016 to renovate the baggage claim area and ticketing lobby, as well as update and expand concessions space.
Renderings above show what the holdrooms and ramp areas will look like after project completion.
Work is currently taking place at the southeast corner of Terminal 6 in the first of four phases.
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 $14.5-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 the West Gates at 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 wego.com. 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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