Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is undergoing a complete makeover that is sure to impress. In what is being called “the largest public works program in city history,” Angelenos are finally seeing the actualization of the LAX they’ve always dreamed of.

Every detail of the $4.1 billion in renovations has been geared toward creating a streamlined, more secure and modernized airport reflecting the heart and culture of Los Angeles. With touches of classic Hollywood and the beautiful Pacific coastline themes, travelers will get a chance to experience the incredible variety L.A. life has to offer in the redesigned LAX.

Below is an overview of the main upgrades completed or currently underway:

Exterior Renovations:

Curbside Appeal Project – This will provide a new and dramatically upgraded look for LAX. Modern LED street lighting, way-finding components, and new canopies for Terminals 3 and 4 will be the main features of this upgrade.

Runway Construction – Runway Safety Area improvements mandated by Congress for all U.S. airports have begun at LAX and are expected to be completed by 2018. To limit the impact on operations, LAX travelers, and surrounding communities, LAX has limited the construction to one runway at a time.

Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North Project – The MSC program was created as a solution to improve the terminal operations, concessions facilities, and overall passenger experience at LAX due to the demand for aircraft gates during renovations of the LAX terminals.

Other exciting features in the works designed to travel within the airport and surrounding area easier are:

LAX Fly Away® bus service – offering regularly scheduled roundtrip service, seven days a week, between each terminal at LAX and the surrounding areas of L.A. Please visit LAXFlyAway.org for details.

LAX Train – The "Automated People Mover System” will connect passengers to airline terminals from the new car rental center, multiple pick-up and drop-off locations, and Metro’s planned transit station at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard.

Accessibility - In order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, walkways and ramps will be reconstructed to provide improved accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Interior Renovations:

Domestic passengers are beginning to enjoy new terminals, culinary and retail options that reflect the cultural diversity and trends of L.A., connections made easier, new elevators and escalators, renovated baggage claim areas, state-of-the-art security screening checkpoints, fully automated checked-baggage inspection and sorting systems, new nursing rooms, improved restrooms, more outlets, free Wi-Fi and more comfortable areas for lounging.

Along with the above, terminal-specific renovation highlights include:

Terminal 1 – Expanded views, a modernized concourse, 24 new retail and dining concepts and new passenger boarding bridges. Expected completion in 2018.

Terminal 2 – Embodying L.A.’s on-the-go culture, this “L.A. in Motion” themed renovation includes 18 retail and dining concepts. With energy-efficient LED lighting, the new technology will bring Terminal 2 into and on the cutting edge of the 21st century. Be sure to check out the first-ever Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, inspired by the West Coast way of life, and enjoy a stylish luxury experience with healthy dining options. Expected completion in 2017.

Terminal 4 & Terminal 4 Connector – Travelers are already enjoying recent upgrades and 17 great restaurants and shops in Terminal 4. Currently under construction is the much anticipated Terminal 4 Connector creating a secure connection between Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 4-8. Passengers will soon be able to more easily reach connecting flights. Expected completion in 2016.

Terminal 5 – The massive renovation of Terminal 5 features 19 great dining and shopping options and the renovated Sky Club Lounge – the airline's first private check-in lounge Delta ONE.

Terminal 6 – With a bigger lobby and enhanced décor, the buzz on Terminal 6 is the much anticipated “Sunset Boulevard” themed concessions area with 21 dining and retail options on the way. Expected completion in 2016.

Terminal 7 – The new luxe United Club Terminal 7 Lounge with views of the airfield from the club’s outdoor terrace is sure to be the star of this renovation. Expected completion in 2017.

Terminal 8 – With bright colors, fun dining options and an expanded ticketing lobby incorporating the latest self-service tools, passengers will enjoy modern upgrades for a world-class experience. Expected completion in 2017.

Tom Bradley International Terminal:

Architecturally inspired by the Pacific Ocean on LAX’s west side and flooded with natural sunlight, the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) provides passengers a fusion of classic L.A. iconography, global flavors, cutting-edge engineering and state-of-the-art technology. TBIT features a central “Great Hall” with 27 premier dining units of which 15 concepts are local Los Angeles brands and retail shopping; luxury airline club lounges and a giant integrated media system designed to enhance a particular aspect of the passenger departure/arrival experience. Parents will find the LAX Beach Children’s Play Area - with beach-themed equipment – a great space for their children to burn off energy while waiting for flights. TBIT is currently undergoing the second phase of the new passenger screening area which will increase the number of screening lanes from 12 to as many as 18.


Economically, this Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) renovation has and will continue to provide tens of thousands of well-paying local jobs with zero taxpayer dollars being used, while pumping $6.89 billion dollars into the local economy.

Travel Impact: As of September 2015, passengers and travelers are advised to plan ahead and add extra time for traveling to LAX due to possible traffic delays from upcoming nightly construction of Phase 2 for the Second Level Roadway Repair Project in the LAX Central Terminal Area. Travel tips and shortcuts are provided on LAXisHappening.com to help avoid congestion due to construction.

For the most up-to-date information, please see LAXisHappening.com


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