MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS
February 2, 2016
MAYOR GARCETTI UNVEILS $332 MILLION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT LAX TERMINAL 2
New milestone in $8.5 billion makeover at Los Angeles International Airport.
LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) leaders to announce the completion of the latest large-scale improvement project at LAX — a $332 million overhaul of Terminal 2. The renovation has modernized more than 76,000 square feet of the international terminal, transforming it into a world-class hub for travelers from L.A. and around the globe.
The unveiling of the Terminal 2 project marks another significant step forward in LAX’s historic $8.5 billion modernization program, which includes renovations to nearly every terminal at the airport.
“L.A. is the international travel center, and this spectacular new terminal will help us broaden our global reach even further,” said Mayor Garcetti. “With the help of our partners, we have turned this terminal into a beautiful new space — and an expression of our commitment to building the world-class airport our residents and visitors expect and deserve.”
Terminal 2 is the second-busiest international terminal at LAX, serving 4.1 million international passengers and more than one million domestic passengers last year. The improvement program includes major upgrades to the ticket lobby, baggage screening and claim areas, and concourse areas that serve the terminal. The improvements also include 15,000 square feet of brand new retail and dining.
“I want LAX to be a place where people want to be, not because it’s a stop on their journey, but because it is full of amenities,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Chair of the City Council’s Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee. “I’m committed to helping Los Angeles International Airport set a new bar for customer service and passenger experience. Bringing new restaurants, new retail, complimentary wi-fi to Terminal 2, LAX’s second busiest terminal, is a huge step in the right direction. I want to thank the Mayor, Los Angeles World Airports, and our partners at Westfield, for their vision and partnership in making big things happen at LAX.”
The announcement of the improvements at Terminal 2 comes during an historic time at LAX. Last year, 74.9 million passengers passed through the airport, more than any other time in its history. As these numbers continue to grow, the airport is undergoing an unprecedented modernization program. In addition, $5 billion will be invested in the coming years to bring a new rail system to LAX along with a consolidated rental car facility.
“The LAX Capital Improvement Program is an essential aspect of enhancing the guest experience at LAX,” said Sean Burton, president of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. “More than five million travelers used Terminal 2 last year, 80% of them international passengers, so we have to ensure they have an airport experience that is world class.”
“Fresh facilities with more seating, new services, and expanded dining and shopping experiences for today’s travelers, are part of our $332-million investment in Terminal 2,” said Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “We applaud Westfield’s partnership with LAWA, their investment in Terminal 2 at LAX, and their commitment to developing an experience that truly caters to the modern traveler.”
The 20-month redevelopment at Terminal 2 was its first upgrade in nearly 30 years, with the entire process completed while keeping the 24-hour terminal open, and maintaining customer service and flight operations. In addition to improvements to the pre-security area of the terminal, the project adds 16 new retail and dining brands to the concourse’s hospitality offerings. For more information about the LAX modernization program, visit www.laxishappening.com.