04/18/2023 08:00 AM


For Immediate Release
Apr. 18, 2023

LAX Public Relations 
(424) 646-5260


LAX’s April 14, 2023, Terminal 9 Industry Showcase. Counterclockwise from top: LAWA’s Chief Executive Officer, Justin Erbacci; Board of Airport Commissioners member Karim Webb and CEO Justin Erbacci; LAWA’s Chief Development Officer, Terri Mestas. Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports.

(Los Angeles) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) welcomed over 1,100 guests from its surrounding community, across the U.S., and around the world at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)’s Terminal 9 Industry Showcase, making it one of the highest-attended procurement events in the airport’s history. During the showcase, the audience heard from Board of Airport Commissioners member Karim Webb, LAWA Chief Executive Officer Justin Erbacci, Chief Development Officer Terri Mestas, and other airport leaders about its newest transformation project. Terminal 9 will bring roughly 1.4 million square feet of ground-up construction to LAX’s campus to serve an estimated 7.2 million annual departing domestic and international passengers. The terminal will become emblematic of LAX because of its prominence at the airport's new front door while remaining within LAX’s existing footprint.   


“The fact that LAWA’s Terminal 9 Industry Showcase had a turn-out of over 1,100 attendees is a testament to our community and the world’s ongoing interest in being part of LAX’s transformation,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “Like our soon-to-be-open People Mover train and ConRAC facility, Terminal 9 will make our world-class airport even more reliable, innovative and enjoyable, all while supporting our local workforce and contributing billions of dollars to the local economy.”     


Terminal 9 will be home to approximately 12 wide-body or 17 narrow-body gates, and its square footage makes it around 40% larger than LAX’s most recently completed large-scale gate addition project, the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North, which opened in 2021. The program for Terminal 9 includes a 4-level building structure, 2-levels of parking, independent access and on-site circulation roads, pedestrian pathways and baggage connections to the Central Terminal Area, and importantly, a connection to LAX’s People Mover train with a new, dedicated stop for the terminal. Equally important, the concessions at Terminal 9 will create opportunities to showcase and support the local vendors that make L.A. a premier destination.  


“In many ways, Terminal 9 will become symbolic of a new era of architecture, design and inclusiveness at our campus, underscoring our reputation as a pacesetter that leads by example,” said Terri Mestas, Chief Development Officer, Los Angeles World Airports. “Our continued transformation won't just benefit LAX, but the entire Southern California region and our guests and partners from around the world.”  


LAX’s Terminal 9’s RFQ will be released by June 2023. Questions relating to the project and its procurement process can be sent to  


The following items are available for download at: Credit all assets as “Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports.” 

  • High-resolution photo and rendering
  • Short-form Terminal 9 Industry Showcase video
  • Terminal 9 Animated Fly Through  
Rendering of LAX’s Terminal 9. 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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