Los Angeles International Airport Terminal Enhancements

LAX locks in its future as a world-class gateway

  • LAX becomes West Coast destination for larger, new aircraft
  • Terminal includes vast post-security public spaces
  • Improved security and passenger processing reduces wait times and increases comfort

HNTB contributed to all aspects of the design and construction of the Bradley West Terminal Modernization project at Los Angeles International Airport.

Built for the 1984 Olympics, the international terminal had become too small to remain world-class: all concessions were pre-security and it could not accommodate new Airbus A380 aircraft.

The modernization addressed those challenges by doubling the size of the terminal, renovating it and replacing existing concourses. New concourses were equipped to handle larger planes, like the A380, and their passengers. The new Villaraigosa Pavilion, which sits beyond security checkpoints, features more than 60 premiere dining and duty-free shops. And, retooled security checkpoints allow departing passengers to move from ticketing through security in less time.

The modern facility can handle 4,500 arriving passengers per hour, nearly doubling capacity.