During the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, Donald Trump praised aviation infrastructure in China and the Middle East while characterizing LAX as a “third-world” airport.
LAX officials declined to comment, directing questions to the mayor’s office.
A spokeswoman for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti — who on Oct. 19 is expected to preside over a preview of architectural and amenities upgrades to LAX Terminal 6 — called the characterization “unfortunate and inaccurate,” citing a $14-billion investment in ongoing renovations that include connecting the airport to light rail.
L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who’s made the airport a priority, put it another way:
“From revolutionizing the way people get to and from the airport by connecting it to Metro rail, to upgrading terminals, to making the runways safer without moving them, we are making LAX the world-class airport and first-class neighbor L.A. can be proud of,” he said.
“And we’re doing it without stiffing any of our contractors.”