Documents are now available for public review and comment for a proposed American Airlines facilities improvement project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Comments to the LAX stakeholder liaison must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday, July 11.
Written comments can be sent to Los Angeles World Airports, Stakeholder Liaison Office, attn: Brenda Martinez-Sidhom, 1 World Way, Room 208, Los Angeles, CA 90045. E-mail comments can be submitted to OurLAX@lawa.org.
For further information or questions about the project, Herb Glasgow at (424) 646-5180.
A detailed project description, including a location map and site plan, can be viewed at www.OurLAX.org under “Projects-Publications.”
According to airport officials, the proposed project is a new lease with American Airlines concerning operation of an existing remote passenger terminal, associated gates and related support structures for regional aircraft operations (commuter facility) at LAX.
The lease includes provisions relating to the improvement of existing facilities at the project site by American Airlines, such as an addition to the existing passenger terminal to provide more passenger holdroom space, related customer service improvements and replacement of the existing administrative building. Other improvements include a new baggage handling/operational support building, a new bus canopy, improvements to three existing contact gates, and the conversion of one non-contact gate to a contact gate.
The project site was previously upgraded for and operated by United Airlines, to serve its regional airline, United Express, as a commuter facility. The site is now occupied and operated by American Airlines’ regional airline, American Eagle.
Site modification would enable American Eagle to more efficiently accommodate the regional aircraft operations that previously occurred at its former facility, which was demolished in 2010 in conjunction with the Tom Bradley West International Terminal, said airport officials.
The project is located east of the Central Terminal and north of the South Airfield complex in an area used by tenants for maintenance and other activities, approximately 500 feet east of Sepulveda Boulevard and 1,500 feet south of Century Boulevard.
Under the proposed project, American Airlines would conduct regional aircraft operations under a new 10-year lease. Approval of the new lease is a discretionary action by the city Board of Airport Commissioners, and the new lease requires American Airlines to make improvements to the project site.
Under the terms of the new lease, the existing passenger terminal would remain in operation and be improved with the construction of a 16,829-square foot passenger terminal/administrative building north of the existing building. This addition would add space for passenger holdrooms and related customer service areas (restrooms and concessions), and would replace the two existing trailer units and an existing modular administration building.
The sprung structure currently used for baggage handling would be replaced by a 9,963-square foot prefabricated metal building in generally the same location, airport officials said. In addition to providing an area for baggage handling, the new building would provide office space and storage associated with aircraft maintenance activities and cabin services.
A bus canopy would be built to improve the experience of passengers, who are bused to the facility from Terminal 4 in the Central Terminal area, by protecting them from inclement weather.
The nine existing contact gates would remain in operation. The three contact gates that are currently connected to the trailer units would be connected to the new passenger terminal. The existing remote gate would be converted to a contact gate with the addition of a covered walkway from the new terminal building to the gate, said airport officials.