LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined today by Councilmember Joe Buscaino, LAWA Commissioner Sean Burton, LAWA CEO Deborah Flint and American Airlines CEO Doug Parker at the groundbreaking ceremony for a $1.6 billion modernization project that will reinvent Terminals 4 and 5 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
“Los Angeles is at a global crossroads — a place where the world comes to meet, innovate, and create,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “American Airlines’ commitment to the reinvention of Terminals 4 and 5 will better connect L.A. to the world, while creating good, middle-class jobs for Angelenos.”
The transformation of Terminals 4 and 5 will provide travelers with a world-class experience at two of LAX’s busiest terminals. The first phase of the work, which amounts to a $287 million initial investment, will result in the construction of a Terminal Vertical Core between Terminals 4 and 5 which will connect to the Automated People Mover. In total, the $1.6 billion project is expected to generate more than 6,000 jobs.
Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has guided forward a more than $14 billion transformation of LAX that began in 2009. The centerpiece of the LAX reinvention is the Landside Access Modernization Plan (LAMP), which will result in the construction of an Automated People Mover (APM). Once completed, the people mover will shuttle travelers directly between terminals, parking and ground transportation facilities — easing congestion at the airport and in surrounding communities.
“American’s significant investments in Terminals 4 and 5 will enable the new game-changing Automated People Mover to connect LAX to Metro, further making LAX both a world-class airport and first-class neighbor,” said Councilmember Bonin. “It is clear that so many years of engaging the community and planning are paying off, and I am excited to soon celebrate the opening of a modern, connected, and more sustainable LAX.”
“Our city is an engine of economic progress, and airports are one of our nation's most important public infrastructure assets that contribute to our economy. This is why I could not be more proud that American Airlines is investing over a billion and a half dollars to modernize its terminals at LAX. This modernization will greatly improve the customer experience, reflect positively on our city, and be a source of well-paying local jobs,” said Councilmember Buscaino, Chairman of the Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee.
The LAX infrastructure investments come at a critical moment as 2017 was the third consecutive year that the airport achieved record-setting levels for both domestic and international passengers. As a result, LAX is now the fifth busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States.
“Today marks an important milestone in the journey to creating an airport experience second to none,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, LAWA. “The improvements included in the lease agreement between Los Angeles World Airports and American Airlines are ones that go to the heart of the guest experience. Working together with our airline partners as we reimagine our airport, we will transform LAX into the gold-standard airport that this city deserves.”
“Our mission to create a world class airport can only be realized in collaboration with our airline partners like American Airlines, and we are grateful for the substantial commitment they have made to improving our guests’ experience at LAX,” said Sean Burton, President, BOAC. “We have set high expectations for LAX, and the project we are kicking off today will raise the bar for both American and this airport.”
“American has proudly served Los Angeles for more than 70 years,” said Parker. “From the very beginning, when LAX first became a commercial airport in 1946, we’ve played a major role in keeping Southern California connected to the world. This remains one of the most important and fastest-growing markets for American, and today is a tremendous step forward as we continue to grow and strengthen our presence in the City of Angels.”