Mayor Garcetti Celebrates Opening of West Gates at LAX’s Bradley International Terminal
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today celebrated the opening of the West Gates at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) — a $1.73 billion investment that brings 15 gates and adds 750,000 square feet just west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
“LAX is our gateway to the world — a global crossroads where dreams take flight and where we welcome the future of our city with open arms,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Completing the West Gates is the latest step in our unprecedented campaign to reimagine LAX — to help our airport realize its potential as a premier, 21st century destination, as a source of jobs and economic growth for local workers, and as a site of seamless travel for millions of passengers.”
The five-level, 1,700-foot long terminal marks the latest step in the airport’s $14.5 billion modernization. Today’s opening marks the completion of a four-and-half year construction process that employed more than 8,500 individuals, over 2,500 of them from local communities.
The new concourse will serve both international and domestic flights. It is designed around a digitally-based travel experience, with state-of-the-art biometric boarding gates; thousands of places to plug in and access next-generation wireless internet, plans to include access to 5G later this year; touchscreen kiosks; two nursing rooms; an animal-service relief area; three children play areas; and the most advanced baggage handling and boarding system of any airport in the United States.
“This project sets the standard for how to build better, providing meaningful work opportunities to local workers and small businesses, keeping sustainability at the heart of the project and focusing on providing the best passenger experience possible,” said Sean Burton, President, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC). “
More than 8,500 individuals, 30 percent of which came from the local community, had an integral role in building this state-of-the-art facility over the course of 1.88 million work hours.”
“I am excited to see these new, LEED Silver-certified gates at the Tom Bradley terminal,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin. “By opening this facility, LAX is fulfilling its promise to bring world-class, sustainable airport facilities and living wage jobs to our city.”
“This is the first mega-project at LAX under the leadership and vision of Mayor Garcetti, working with our City Council and our Board, to build a world-class airport – one that will redefine our airport experience,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “
We are delivering fully modernized terminals, new technology and guest services, and improved connections to our regional transportation system and investing in infrastructure that creates a more resilient airport and an even stronger economic engine for Los Angeles.”
The West Gates at Tom Bradley was funded from LAX’s operating revenues, Capital Improvement Program funds, fees generated from airlines, passenger facility charges, and airport revenue bond proceeds. No taxpayer money was used for the project.
LAX is in the midst of a $14.5 billion Capital Improvement Program, the largest airport project of its kind in the nation. The overhaul touches all nine passenger terminals and builds new facilities, including an Automated People Mover train, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility, and the Intermodal Transportation Facility-West, a 4,300 stall parking structure.
In November 2020, Mayor Garcetti announced that the Delta Sky Way transformation project, a $1.86 billion project to modernize and upgrade Terminals 2 and 3, is 18 months ahead of schedule.