Terminal 1 Modernization at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Part of a $7.3 billion Los Angeles International Airport capital improvement program, the $508 million Terminal 1 renovation and improvement project will expand and upgrade facilities for Southwest Airlines operations.
The updates will create a smoother, more intuitive passenger-centered experience in the 346,000-square-foot terminal.
The terminal's entrance, ticket counters, and Skycap operations will be moved from the east end of the building to the west side to ease traffic congestion — a problem motorists frequently encounter when entering the central terminal area at peak travel times.
A reprogrammed departures and arrivals level will feature a “Lobby of the Future,” which includes self check-in and self-tag bag drop kiosks, a 12-lane security screening checkpoint, two large bag claim devices, and a high-speed in-line screening baggage handling system. Combined, these features will make departure and arrivals systems more balanced and efficient both curbside and within the terminal.
Once through security, passengers will experience a bright, modern concourse. Twelve gates will have new, enlarged hold rooms with integrated concessions and passenger amenities. An additional 25,000 square feet of retail and dining space will feature a variety of finishing materials and sculpted facades, nearly doubling the current concessions area.
Other improvements will include enhanced lighting and daylighting, better views to the terminal exterior, improved signage, and vertical transportation. New architectural elements will blend in with existing terminal treatments to effectively blur the line between existing and new building areas. To accommodate the airline's larger Boeing 737 aircraft, new passenger boarding bridges will be installed, along with upgraded aircraft apron pavement, a hydrant fueling system, and electric vehicle chargers.
The project will be phased to ensure continuous airport operations.
- A “Lobby of the Future” with self check-in/self-tag bag drop kiosks, 12-lane security screening checkpoint, two large bag claim devices, and a high-speed baggage handling system
- An additional 25,000 square feet of retail and dining space
- Enhanced lighting and daylighting, better views to the terminal exterior, improved signage, and vertical transportation