LAX opens newly transformed Terminal 1

Los Angeles World Airports, Southwest Airlines and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield have announced the grand opening of the newly redeveloped Terminal 1 at LAX, the company said.

The USD 516.7 million redevelopment by Southwest introduces larger seating areas in gates, a larger and more efficient centralized Customer screening checkpoint and all-new dining and retail options.

The curb-to-gate redevelopment showcases a new check-in area featuring new self-service ticket kiosks, an efficient nine-lane security checkpoint, a new baggage claim area and new dining and retail destinations.

Completion of the Terminal 1 redevelopment comes as part of LAWA´s multibillion-dollar Capital Improvement Program, considered the largest public works program in history for the City of Los Angeles. The Terminal 1 renovation is part of an overall LAX modernization program, which includes an Automated People Mover — an elevated train expected to be completed by 2023 — and is expected ultimately to create more than 121,000 construction-related jobs.

The four-year project created 3,475 construction jobs and refreshed the aging terminal, which was initially constructed in the early 1980s in advance of the 1984 Olympic Games. The project was completed with minimal impact to customer service and flight operations, keeping approximately 10 million customers moving through the facility each year of the redevelopment.