LAX Plans New Mid-Field Satellite Terminal
New Facility Will Accommodate Wide-Body Planes, Cut Down on Need for Tarmac Buses
LOS ANGELES – The construction of a new $900 million mid-field satellite terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was approved by the Board of Airport Commissioners last week. The planned terminal will be built west of LAX’s Bradley International Terminal, and will include 29 gates, including some that can accommodate larger, wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747.
The project will also eliminate the airport’s need to bus some passengers to Bradley from over a mile away from the terminal. Plans for the new terminal were first approved in 2005 as part of the LAX Master Plan.
The terminal will be constructed in sections. The first phase, the Midfield Satellite Concourse North, will have 11 gates, and the entire project should be completed by 2019.
The airport will have to relocate American Airlines’ maintenance operations to make room for the project, and a Qantas maintenance facility was moved earlier this year to allow phase one to begin.
The new terminal will have a tunnel that passengers will be able to use to access Bradley, although those who need to get to other terminals at the airport after landing will still have to take buses until a new solution is developed.
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