Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) isn't just getting a facelift, it's undergoing a full-fledged metamorphosis.

This multi-billion dollar modernization project, the biggest public works program in LA history, aims to take LAX from good to great, transforming it into a world-class transportation hub. Imagine a smooth, stress-free travel experience for millions – that's the ambitious goal.

 LAX's terminal 6.

Upgraded Terminals: A Smoother Journey Awaits

Travelers are already feeling the love from several completed projects. The recently opened Terminal 4.5 Core acts as a central nervous system for Terminals 4 and 5, making baggage claim and check-in a breeze.

For Southwest Airlines flyers, Terminal 1 got a major refresh, boasting a brand new check-in area with self-service kiosks to whiz you through the line, a security checkpoint that moves efficiently, and a baggage claim area that feels modern and welcoming.

Terminals 7 and 8, home to United Airlines, now have a ticketing lobby that's more spacious, security screening that's less of a hassle, and a luxurious United Club Lounge for those seeking some pre-flight pampering.

LAX united Terminal 7 and 8 rendering.

The real game-changer on the horizon? The Automated People Mover (APM) train system, arriving in 2024. This innovative addition will be a lifesaver for navigating the vast expanse of LAX. Think convenient, reliable connections between terminals – no more frantic sprints or missed connections. Plus, there will be six new APM stations, a seamless hookup to the Metro rail system for easy access to the greater LA area, and a centralized car rental facility for added convenience.

 The future also holds the exciting construction of Terminal 9, a brand-new terminal with 12-18 gates.

It's part of the even bigger Airfield & Terminal Modernization Project (ATMP) – a multi-pronged attack on improving LAX. ATMP tackles not just terminals, but runways, taxiways, and the Central Terminal Area, ensuring a smooth flow of air traffic.

Safety, Security, and Convenience: Top Priorities

Safety is paramount at LAX, and that's reflected in the ongoing implementation of the In-Line Baggage Handling and Screening System Program across all terminals. This automated system speeds up baggage screening, which means less time waiting in line and a smoother security process overall.

For added convenience, savvy travelers can take advantage of the LAX Order Now program. 

This innovative service lets you pre-order food from a variety of restaurants throughout LAX, with the option for pick-up or direct delivery to your gate – no more scrambling for airport food that leaves you wanting.

Investing in Infrastructure for a Modern Airport

The LAX modernization project goes beyond just passenger comforts. The ongoing Curbside Appeal and Roadway Improvement Project features modern LED lighting, improved signage that makes navigating the airport a breeze, and an upgraded canopy for Terminal 4, giving the entire place a fresh, modern feel. And let's not forget the runways – all four of LAX's runways have undergone significant improvements to meet the latest FAA safety guidelines.

The ongoing Curbside Appeal and Roadway Improvement Project features modern LED lighting , improved signage.

LAX is also committed to being eco-friendly. Outdated escalators, elevators, and walkways are being replaced with modern, energy-saving units throughout the airport. This not only improves passenger comfort and efficiency but also demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability.

A Gateway Worthy of the City of Angels

The LAX modernization project is more than just bricks and mortar; it's a vision for the future. Remember the Tom Bradley International Terminal that opened in 2013? That was a major milestone, offering passengers a state-of-the-art terminal with new gates, spacious concourses, and a diverse ion of shops and restaurants.

The ongoing LAX modernization project promises to elevate LAX to the status of a truly world-class airport. By prioritizing passenger experience, safety, and sustainability, LAX is poised to become a seamless and enjoyable gateway for travelers from around the world. LAX is taking flight, and it's an exciting journey to be a part of.

By Discover Los Angeles