Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX) has (April 23) announced that it is restricting access to its Central Terminal Area (CTA). The airport operator, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) issued a statement saying that: “Due to limited flight and passenger activity, social distancing directives, terminal cleaning and sanitising protocols, construction and a priority to keep all guests and employees at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) safe and healthy, LAX’s Central Terminal Area (CTA) will restrict access 24 hours a day 7 days a week to only:
- Ticketed airline passengers and persons meeting, accompanying or assisting them (airline check-in counters and federal passenger security screening will be open depending upon flight schedules for each terminal); and
- Airport and City personnel whose employment requires their presence.”
LAWA said the move was an extension of the night closure policy (midnight to 5am) which it introduced for the general public in March. The airport’s statement warned that violators will be asked to leave and any who refuse to comply are subject to arrest and misdemeanour prosecution.
LAWA reiterated that the closure to the public is like policies introduced at other airports, including Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Signage is being posted on and around airport property informing the public of the closure and the FlyLAX.com and LAWA.org websites have been updated with this information.