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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is set to undergo a $30bn overhaul ahead of the 2028 Olympics. LAX is currently one of the worst-rated airports in the US, with passengers citing long waits, difficulty moving between terminals, a lack of dining options, parking and transportation issues, and traffic congestion. As part of the overhaul, the airport plans to modernize and improve all areas of the airport.
The LAX Terminal Roadways Project will be the first improvement, which includes the construction of approximately eight miles of new roads and reconfiguring of the airport’s main entrance. An automated electric train will also be built, which will link all of LAX’s terminals and stop at Long-term Parking, Airport Car Rental Agencies, and a Metro C Line stop. LAX plans to electrify the rails by this summer and start testing trains for its opening in 2024.
The airport also plans to consolidate a single off-site car rental facility, accessible by the Automated People Mover. The car rental hub, set to open in 2024, will be the world’s largest car rental site, accommodating 18,000 cars.
Other planned improvements include the introduction of biometric boarding to speed up waiting times, the construction of common-use lounges with comfortable seating areas for passengers flying economy, and the addition of more gates, eateries, and restrooms across LAX’s terminals. Terminal 9, an all-new 1.4 million square foot building, will be built on the opposite side of Sepulveda Boulevard and feature new shopping and dining options.
With these improvements, LAX is set to provide a better passenger experience, accommodating the influx of visitors during the 2028 Olympics and beyond.