Los Angeles mayor James K. Hahn has unveiled
a proposal to modernize Los Angeles International Airport.
The plan would provide more space for security by reducing
the number of aircraft gates, and by banning most traffic
from the terminal area. The plan was announced two days before
the July 4th shooting at the airports international
If the plan is approved, it would be
one of the most expensive public works projects in the United
States, with a projected cost of $9.6 billion. In the plan,
an elevated train would connect a new consolidated rental
car facility, a new remote check-in building, and the central
terminal area, which would undergo massive demolition and
reconstruction. The plan calls for four terminals to be eliminated
and replaced with new multi-level terminals that would provide
more space for security, but would actually reduce the number
of gates. The city would encourage airlines to spread service
out to other regional airports.
This proposal is the 33rd plan
presented for the modernization of LAX.