LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today was joined by Board of Airport Commissioners Vice President Valeria Velasco, LAWA CEO Deborah Flint and Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly at a ceremony celebrating the completion of a $516 million overhaul of Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
“Los Angeles is a city of dreamers and doers, and the reimagined Terminal 1 reflects the creativity at the heart of our city,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Working together with Southwest Airlines and our partners, what we have created is more than a terminal that connects passengers to flights — it’s a destination in its own right.”
The transformation of Terminal 1 now provides people with a world-class travel experience. In addition to reimagined dining and retail destinations featuring local brands including Urth Caffé, Trejo’s Tacos and Cassell’s Hamburgers, among others, the terminal also offers new self-service ticket kiosks and expanded security checkpoints.
Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has guided forward a more than $14 billion transformation of LAX. Terminal 1, which was built in advance of the 1984 Olympics and handles Southwest’s flights, is one of the first capital improvement projects to be completed in advance of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The curb-to-gate redevelopment of Terminal 1 created more than 3,475 middle class construction jobs.
“The work happening to modernize LAX is focused on making our airport a more convenient and inviting place to travel through for Angelenos and visitors,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin. “From the improved security screening facilities, new restrooms, and concessions that feature local eateries, LAX is rapidly becoming the world-class airport this city deserves. The renovations to Terminal 1 will make this part of LAX more secure and more environmentally-friendly, and I applaud Southwest and LAWA on their progress so far.”
“Today the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports are celebrating a momentous occasion: the completion of a half-billion dollar investment into our airport by Southwest Airlines,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “As investment and partnerships continue to take flight, travelers can get a sneak peek of the future of LAX by visiting Southwest’s Terminal 1 — a new first-class experience for every traveler, visitor, and Angeleno.”
“The new Terminal 1 reflects Los Angeles World Airports’ commitment to creating exceptional facilities and experiences for our guests,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, LAWA. “The T1 modernization has been a phenomenal effort by all partners at LAWA, Southwest, and URW Airports, and the results raise the bar for what guests can expect when they come to LAX.”
“Today’s reveal of Terminal 1 marks a significant milestone in our continued improvement and modernization of LAX,” said Board of Airport Commissioners Vice President Val Velasco. “Not only are we transforming LAX into the airport for the future, but we’re doing so with a local workforce and businesses to ensure that our community is involved in and benefits from all that we do.”
As part of the ceremony, Mayor Garcetti also opened the first long-term LA Original store, operated at T1 by Marshall Retail Group. Launched in October 2017, LA Original provides a platform to showcase diverse makers and promote locally designed, assembled, or manufactured goods through a line of LA-branded products. A pilot program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, all proceeds go to supporting the Downtown Women’s Center’s “Made by DWC” program that teaches job training and maker skills to women transitioning out of homelessness.
“Southwest carries more California travelers to, from, and within the Golden state every day than any other airline and will offer a record 800 departures a day from California next summer,” said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. “This redeveloped Terminal 1 facility at LAX will host many of those Customers and is the perfect venue for our award-winning People to showcase their world-famous Hospitality.”