Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in partnership with Southwest Airlines broke ground on the new $508-million Terminal 1 modernization project on Sept. 16. The T1 modernization is part of Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) $7 billion investment in LAX.
The modernization of the aging terminal, built in the early 1980s, is expected to transform the entire passenger experience from the curb to the gate, and will include a new 12-lane security screening checkpoint; and a new and expanded dining and retail collection designed by airport developer Westfield. The modernized concourse design by Westfield will feature a hip, modern Californian feel that taps into the LA feeling and energy of the Southwest brand, says the company.
Phased-in construction is expected to be completed in 2018, says the airport
Westfield’s new retail and dining collection in Terminal 1 will offer 24 spaces across 25,242 square feet—nearly double the existing program. Plans include full-service restaurants along with a variety of casual and grab-and-go food offerings, as well as new high-end retail and traveler essentials. The program will open in a phased approach, with the first Westfield developed spaces scheduled to open late Summer 2015.
“The redevelopment of Terminal 1 is another pivotal milestone in our journey to bring world-class dining, retail, and amenities to the millions of travelers who use LAX as their gateway to the world,” said Dominic Lowe, Executive Vice President Westfield. “We are thrilled to partner with Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports to create a uniquely Los Angeles, cutting-edge new environment and passenger experience to rival the world’s best airport terminals.”
LAWA Executive Director Lindsey said. “As our passenger base continues to grow and change, we are working hard to in- crease efficiency and accommodate their needs today and in the future.”