Airport commissioners approve $ 6 billion plan to improve LAX
The Los Angeles Airport Board of Commissioners voted on Oct. 7 to recommend approval of the $ 6 billion airfield modernization project, which includes the addition of a terminal extension and a brand new terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles City Council has yet to approve the plan.
The plan, which is separate from an ongoing $ 14 billion modernization project at LAX, is designed to add at least 21 boarding gates to LAX. The gates would eliminate the need for remote gates on the airfield tarmac, from which disembarking passengers are currently transported by bus to existing terminals.
One of the new additions to the terminal’s facilities would be a 745,000 square foot, nine-door eastward extension of Terminal 1, which is currently occupied by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. The extension has been dubbed Terminal 0.
The other addition is the construction of a new terminal, dubbed Terminal 9. This planned 1.2 million square foot facility would initially add 12 new gates, with the potential to expand to 18 gates later. It would be built east of Sepulveda Boulevard, the first terminal outside the airport’s central horseshoe.
The plan also includes numerous road and airfield improvements, all designed to reduce congestion on nearby streets.
The plan will now go to Los Angeles City Council for final approval. The Council is expected to review the plan in the coming weeks.
But the town of El Segundo, which borders the airport on the south side, and Rep. Maxine Waters D-Hawthorne, whose district includes several communities near LAX, are adamantly opposed to adding any doors to LAX. . They say new gates would cause more air traffic and more congestion on nearby streets, with additional noise and pollution affecting neighboring communities as well.
On October 6, Los Angeles City Councilor Mike Bonin, whose district includes LAX and adjacent areas of the city, also introduced a series of measures offering additional benefits for LAX’s nearly 50,000 workers.
One of these measures is a free or heavily subsidized shuttle service for LAX employees and contractors. Bonin said this service could reduce cars on the roads around LAX, which in turn would mean less congestion and pollution.
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