The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved environmental and aesthetic plans related to its proposed Terminal 1.5 Project, which would enhance the guest experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by providing additional space for ticketing, security screening, and baggage claim, along with connecting Terminals 1 and 2.
The proposed project, which requires final approval from the Los Angeles City Council, includes a 417,515sq ft (38,788m²), six-level building that will span the 400ft (122m)-long space between Terminals 1 and 2. It would also require the demolishing a boarding gate in Terminal 1.
Terminal 1.5 would include baggage claim on the Lower/Arrivals Level, a ticketing lobby on the Upper/Departures Level, and a security screening check point on the Concourse Level. Office space would be on Levels 4 and 5, while a basement level would house building-systems support and storage areas for the airlines, concessionaires and maintenance. The new terminal will not have boarding gates.
Board of Airport Commissioners President, Sean O Burton, commented: “By improving on existing passenger processing capabilities, and providing the additional space for the latest screening technology to meet federal security requirements, this new facility will help improve the guest experience and speed up lines. It will also make it easier for passengers making connections between Terminals 1 and 2.”
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Flint, added: “LAX recognises the value of connectivity and have received many positive comments about the ease of connections on the south side of the airport with the addition of the Terminal 4 Connector. Terminal 1.5 is a significant step toward tying the north side terminals together. This is another way LAX is working toward becoming the gold standard among airports, both in the U.S. and around the world.”
Walkways located pre-security will connect Terminals 1 and 2 on the first two levels. A corridor located beyond security screening on the Concourse Level will allow passengers to more easily catch connecting flights between the terminals, as well as take advantage of more dining and retail choices.
No construction related to the proposed project shall occur unless and until approval from Los Angeles City Council and, if approved, the Terminal 1.5 facility is expected to be completed in 26 months, opening in the summer of 2019.