LAX's Delta Terminal Gets A $229 Million Face Lift
Photo: City of LA
Los Angeles, CA -
(CNS) LAX's Delta Air Lines terminal is undergoing a $229 million face lift, with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joining airline and airport officials today to mark the beginning of construction on a host of improvements that include a larger ticketing lobby and a full service bar.
Terminal 5 also is getting new federal security checkpoints, a VIP area, and new baggage carousels. It also will be decked out in new carpeting, tiles and finish, as well as additional charging stations for electronic devices, once work is completed in 2015, with the project expected to create 200 construction jobs.
"Los Angeles is a critical global gateway for Delta's domestic and international customers and we are thrilled this project, which will greatly improve the customer experience from curbside to planeside, is underway," Delta West Coast Managing Director for Sales Ranjan Goswami said.
Delta is putting in $12 million for lobby, lounge and other architectural improvements, while $25 million in federal money is being used for the security checkpoints. Los Angeles World Airport funds will be used to pay for the rest of the work. General fund money, which pays for most Los Angeles city services, will not be used.
The improvements are starting amid a $4.1 billion modernization effort at LAX, the country's third busiest airport.
"We have made it a priority to improve domestic travel as well as updating our international terminal," 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.
LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey called the renovations an "important milestone" in the airport's ongoing modernization project.
"The partnership with Delta Air Lines is enabling significant improvement in customer service and convenience for both domestic and international travelers," she said.
Airport and Delta executives are expecting the opening of 15 new restaurants and shops over the coming year.