The remodeling of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step Thursday when officials approved the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel.
City airport commissioners also initiated preliminary planning and the environmental review for about $4 billion in projects included in the ground transportation plan for LAX.
Among the proposals are a consolidated car rental facility in nearby Manchester Square and an automated people mover that will connect to passenger terminals, the planned rental car center and the station for Metro’s Crenshaw light-rail line, which is under construction.
The concourse building will stand between the north and south runways about 1,300 feet west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The project is only exceeded in scale by the ongoing $2.1-billion expansion of the Bradley, the centerpiece of LAX’s modernization effort.
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