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Airport officials cut ribbon on renovated Terminal 1

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti and other leaders celebrated the unveiling of the new Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport Nov. 30 following a half-billion dollar renovation.

The upgrades were funded by Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports and include new dining and retail options.

Completion of the Terminal 1 redevelopment comes as part of the airport’s multibillion-dollar capital improvement program, considered the largest public works program in history of the city. The Terminal 1 renovation is part of an overall LAX modernization program, which includes an Automated People Mover — an elevated train expected to be completed by 2023 — and is expected ultimately to create more than 121,000 construction-related jobs.

“Los Angeles is a city of dreamers and doers and the reimagined Terminal 1 reflects the creativity at the heart of our city,” Garcetti said.

“Working together with Southwest Airlines and our partners, what we have created is more than a terminal that connects passengers to flights — it’s a destination in its own right.”

The additions to the terminal include Urth Caffe, Trejo’s Tacos and Cassell’s Hamburgers, among others. The terminal also offers new self-service ticket kiosks and expanded security checkpoints.

“The work happening to modernize LAX is focused on making our airport a more convenient and inviting place to travel through for Angelenos and visitors,” Councilman Mike Bonin said. “From the improved security screening facilities, new restrooms, and concessions that feature local eateries, LAX is rapidly becoming the world-class airport this city deserves. The renovations to Terminal 1 will make this part of LAX more secure and more environmentally friendly, and I applaud Southwest and LAWA on their progress so far.”

“Today the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports are celebrating a momentous occasion: The completion of a half a billion dollar investment into our airport by Southwest Airlines,” City Councilman Joe Buscaino said. “As investment and partnerships continue to take flight, travelers can get a sneak peek of the future of LAX by visiting Southwest’s Terminal 1 — a new first-class experience for every traveler, visitor and Angeleno.”

The four-year, $516.7 million project created 3,475 construction jobs and completely refreshed the aging terminal, which was initially constructed in the early 1980s in advance of the 1984 Olympic Games.

The project was completed with minimal impact to customer service and flight operations, keeping approximately 10 million customers moving through the facility each year of the redevelopment.

Staff and Wire Reports