Los Angeles city and airport officials have unveiled plans to significantly overhaul Terminal 5, housing Delta Air Lines, at Los Angeles International Airport.
The $229-million construction project is underway at the nation’s fourth busiest airport and is scheduled to take place in several phases, with full completion expected in 2015.
“As LAX undergoes a $4.1-billion modernization, we have made it a priority to improve domestic travel as well as updating our international terminal,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “By overhauling Terminal 5 at LAX, Delta Air Lines helps us ensure that LAX becomes the premier gateway to Los Angeles and to the rest of the United States.”
Under the project, the size of the ticketing lobby and federal security screening checkpoints will be doubled and a separate lobby and checkpoint will be provided for Sky Priority members.
Other features include a private VIP check-in lobby; a renovation of the Delta Sky Club to include full-service bar, new carpet, tile, and additional recharge stations for personal electronic devices; new baggage carousels; and upgraded international baggage facilities. In addition, 15 new restaurants and shops featuring celebrity chefs and retail brand names will be offered.
“This is an important milestone in the continuing modernization of LAX,” Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said. “The partnership with Delta Air Lines is enabling significant improvement in customer service and convenience for both domestic and international travelers.”
The project is funded using approximately $12 million of Delta Air Lines’ invested capital for proprietary improvements (airline lounge, check-in lobbies, finishes, other architectural elements), and approximately $25 million in reimbursements from the Transportation Security Administration for security-screening measures. The remaining funds are from LAWA’s commercial paper/long-term debt, cash on hand, and passenger facility charges collections.
More than 200 construction-related jobs are being created through the project, officials said.