POSTED: March 1st 2017

LAX breaks ground on new terminal that will further strengthen LA 2024

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) broke ground on the new project © LA 2024
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) broke ground on the new project © LA 2024

LAX international airport is a major anchor to the LA economy © LA 2024
LAX international airport is a major anchor to the LA economy © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The latest phase in a $14 billion Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) modernization project broke ground on February 28th. LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti broke the ground on a $1.6 billion terminal.

"LAX means so much to LA's economy -- it's an incredible job-creator that employs more than 50,000. A record 47.3 million tourists visited our city last year -- that's why we're investing billions to make it one of the premier airports in the world. The Midfield Satellite Concourse is a transformational project that will put thousands of people to work and help extend LA's worldwide reach even further," expressed Mayor Garcetti.

Mayor Garcetti was joined by Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, and Mike Bonin along with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) leaders as plans were revealed for the new terminal. It featured a 750,000-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse that will provide a smooth travel experience to all visitors to LAX. The new terminal will add 12 new gates, additional dining and shopping areas, and a new baggage system for travelers. It will be located west of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and will be linked to the terminal through a 1,000-foot underground tunnel. It's set to be completed in 2019.

Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Flint stated, "Our passengers will soon experience LAX in a new and exciting way. With our vision of delivering gold-standard airports, the Midfield Satellite Concourse will be built with sustainability principles and architectural features that reflect Los Angeles with great views and natural daylight.  We will provide our guests a new concourse ready for the technology enhancements of tomorrow."

This latest phase of LAX's modernization plan includes terminal upgrades, a new rail line to connect passengers with the city's public transportation system. These upgrades fall right in line with LA 2024's green Games commitment and it further strengthens the city's bid plans. Athletes, fans, and other stakeholders will have access to fast and convenient transportation throughout the 2024 Games.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman concluded, "The LAX modernization plan being spearheaded by Mayor Garcetti and the City Council will take place with or without the Games, but it will undoubtedly enhance LA 2024's ability to offer an outstanding end-to-end Games-time experience for every visitor. LA 2024 requires no new transport infrastructure to host the Games, but we have worked to capitalize wherever possible on these ambitious, impactful, sustainable projects that are revolutionizing mass transit and improving the lives of Angelenos today...LAX's modernization plan is further evidence that LA 2024's low-risk, sustainable vision for the Games fits perfectly with the city's ongoing transformation and investment in its future."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · LAX · LA · LA 2024 · Olympics · Olympic bidding

For more information contact:
Laura Walden ()

All original materials contained in this section are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Sports Features Communications, Inc the owner of that content. It is prohibited to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.