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American Airlines to Update LAX Facilities

American Airlines has announced a major overhaul of Terminals 4 and 5 at LAX. They recently agreed to a 15-year lease with Los Angeles World Airports, allowing them to keep their facilities and flights operating out of the same terminals they have been since the major swap that happened one year ago. LAWA has stated that this project, costing $1.6 billion, will be paid out over the period of the lease, with the main improvements being done in the next decade. Some of the improvements include a core building between the two terminals, with an automated people-mover serving as a connection.

The first improvements will cost about $285 million, and that money will be spent on two new gates at Terminal 5, as well as baggage claim areas and ticket counters. American will end up with the same amount of gates as they have currently, but will be able to increase it to include an extra four at Tom Bradley International Terminal and an extra five at Terminal 5. They can acquire these extra gates if they are to demolish their maintenance facility across from Tom Bradley to enable construction of the southern half of the new midfield concourse, which they may have access to upon its completion in 2020. It also requires that they vacate their remote regional concourse by 2024.

This announcement comes on the heels of Delta Airlines’ start on $1.9 billion worth of improvements to their facilities said to be completed in 2022, Terminals 2 and 3 are to be all but rebuilt, allowing access to 27 gates for their partners. United Airlines is also nearing completion on its upgrades to Terminal 7, worth approximately $573 billion.

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