$ 5 bn have been approved by the commission which oversees LA International Airport to move forward two projects which would modernize the airport and improve the passenger movement.
About $1 billion contract has been awarded by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners for the design and construction of a new “Midfield Satellite Concourse, which will be 5-level and will be located 1,300 feet west of the airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Tom Bradley International Terminal is already undergoing a $2 bn expansion. The underground tunnel is being planned to connect the midfield concourse to the Bradley terminal. The concourse will add 11 gates to accommodate large aircraft like the Airbus A380 at LAX.
The airport is about to record 70 mn travelers this year. The above move is to cope up with the 100 mn passenger expectations in the near future.
Turner/PCL, a joint venture, won the midfield concourse contract. Construction of the concourse is expected to be complete in 2020.
The Commission has also approved $4 bn plan for a new automated “LAX Train” that will help passengers move from airport terminals to a new Rental Car Center, different locations for pick-up and drop-off, and a planned station stop on Los Angeles Metro’s Crenshaw Line, which is now under construction, with construction commencement by 2017.