The modernization of outdated terminals at
City leaders and airport officials broke ground at Terminal 1, home to
“We want this airport to make the best first impression and the best last impression for people when they are here,” said Los Angeles Mayor
Plans calls for a brighter, more open ticketing lobby, a fully automated system to handle checked bags and numerous structural improvements, including a new facade and seismic retrofitting.
The passenger screening area, operated by the
Once through the TSA checkpoint, passengers will experience a modern concourse with more seating in the waiting areas, larger restrooms and an updated selection of retail shops, beverage stands and restaurants.
Westfield, which is responsible for developing the terminal's concessions, says it will offer 24 shops, cafes and lounges as well as upscale retail and dining establishments -- double what is there is now.
The terminal's entrance, ticket counters and Skycap operations will be moved from the east end of the building to the west side to ease traffic congestion -- a problem motorists now encounter frequently while entering the central terminal area during peak travel times.
Airport officials also say baggage claim will be refurbished and the ramp areas will get new pavement and aircraft fueling systems.
"It's all great. They need to make these improvements," said Eric Crown, 50, of Phoenix, who regularly flies on Southwest to Los Angeles on business. "I hope they will be devoted to efficiency, not just amenities."