03/10/2023 03:00 PM


For Immediate Release
Mar. 10, 2023

LAX Public Relations 
(424) 646-5260


Representatives from Los Angeles World Airports, Austin Commercial, LP, and the project team celebrate the signing of the Tom Bradley International Terminal Core topping out beam. Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports.

(Los Angeles) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) celebrated today the topping out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal Core with a beam signing and ceremony honoring the dedicated workers realizing this transformative project.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal Core is one of seven new cores that make up the $490 million dollar Terminal Cores project at LAX. The project, which is scheduled to complete in 2024, will allow access to all levels of the terminal buildings using escalators and stairs, and provide passengers direct connection to the future People Mover train system and its connection to the city’s greater public transportation network.

“The topping out of LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal Core represents an important moment for one of the airport’s most ambitious and anticipated initiatives to date–creating a sustainable and interconnected network for getting to and from the airport that has the added benefit of alleviating congestion and passenger wait times,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “We thank our architecture and construction partners, Austin Commercial, LP, and the community of local workers whose efforts are helping to achieve our vision."

In the future at this location, passengers will exit the People Mover train’s pathway and be greeted by a recently restored 10-foot-tall bronze and granite sculpture memorializing the terminal’s namesake, former Mayor Tom Bradley.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal Core is a three-level structure that will provide direct connectivity to the West Central Terminal Area (CTA) station and is oriented for easy travel, with elevators and escalators connecting departures, arrivals, the People Mover and office spaces. Upon entering the three-story open atrium full of natural light, passengers will have an elevated view of the ticketing level that orientates them to their surroundings and provides wayfinding, flight information and vertical conveyance. Guests who need to check in at the Tom Bradley ticket counters will utilize the vertical circulation of the core to reach the ticket counters and use the self-service baggage drops.

"I want to congratulate the Austin Commercial crew and subcontractors and recognize LAWA for creating an environment where our partnership thrives. We are looking forward to continuing our shared success at LAX and the completion of this important project," said Ralph Ketchum, Senior Vice President of Austin Commercial.

Designed and constructed to achieve both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status and CalGreen’s Tier 1 certification, the project demonstrates LAX’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Conceptual rendering of Tom Bradley International Terminal's Terminal Core. A new pathway will allow for direct and easy access to the People Mover train station at the terminal. Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX, the fifth-busiest airport in the world in 2021 with 48 million passengers, is in the midst of a $15-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 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 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 Airports Council 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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