LAX Begins Reconstruction of Terminal 4 Headquarters
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has begun rebuilding the eastern half of its 60-year-old Terminal 4 main headquarters as part of a US$1.62 billion modernization project at the terminals 4 and 5.
Terminal 4’s parent building has been closed to the public in preparation for demolition. This part of the building, which includes ticket counters and baggage claim carousels for American Airlines, as well as an auxiliary checkpoint for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be rebuilt while the western half of the facility remains active.
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Later in 2022, a new south concourse will be built inside Terminal 4, with additional space for waiting rooms, concessions, restrooms and a bus gate that will serve domestic and international flights. Improvements will also be made to the North Concourse to increase the efficiency of passenger movement.
This project is part of the airport’s ongoing US$15 billion capital improvement program that will affect all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including a consolidated Rent-A-Car facility and upgraded west gates at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. A groundbreaking event took place in late 2018, and work is underway to realign the Terminal 5 gates and build a vertical core to connect Terminals 4 and 5 to the future West Central Terminal Area station of the Automated People Mover (APM) train. .
To accommodate guests during this phase of construction, additional counters have been opened in the western section of the ticketing concourse and curbside check-in is also being expanded. A lane has been added to the Terminal 4 TSA checkpoint to facilitate passenger screening. Individuals checking in at Terminal 4 kiosks for flights at the Tom Bradley International Terminal will be asked to clear TSA security at the checkpoint. Arriving passengers will find their baggage on baggage claim carousels in the former Federal Inspection Station (Customs) area during this construction phase.
The works also require changing the location of the shuttle stops on the lower arrivals levels and upper departures levels, as the lane closures already in place at the east end of Terminal 4 have been extended further west. . On the lower arrivals level, shuttle locations to LAX-it, LAX City Bus Center, LAX/Aviation subway station, and employee lots moved farther west while bus pick-up FlyAway is available at Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminal 5. The location of Rental Car and Shared Van pickup has also changed. On the upper level of departures, hotel and parking shuttle pickup and drop-off have been moved to the west end of Terminal 5. Passenger pickup and drop-off is available in the south area between Tom Bradley and the terminal 4.
Justin Erbacci, CEO of airport operator Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), said, “Every aspect of the LAX experience is being modernized and redesigned, and ongoing work inside Terminals 4 and 5 will breathe additional new life into the airport facilities. We are grateful to our partners at American Airlines for their close coordination as we move our customers efficiently and continue to modernize LAX in time for the 2028 Olympics.”
Kirk Hotelling, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at American Airlines, said, “American Airlines is building Terminal for Tomorrow, a substantial, multi-year commitment to modernize our hub at LAX. When complete, the upgraded installation will create a completely redesigned end-to-end customer experience with a reconfigured ticketing area, more efficient security checkpoints, improved boarding area amenities, state-of-the-art finishes technology and extensive retail and restaurant options. ”