Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has opened its new Terminal 4.5 Core as part of a 1.62 billion USD project to transform Terminals 4 and 5.

The Terminal 4.5 Core is a location between Terminals 4 and 5 that directly connects passengers to the American Airlines baggage claim and check-in services.

Terminal 4.5 Core
Level 1 of the Terminal 4.5 Core

When the future Automated People Mover (APM) project is complete, the Terminal 4.5 Core will also provide access to the West Central Area station with a pedestrian walkway.

Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) said:

The opening of the Terminal 4.5 Core is an exciting step toward the complete reimagination of Terminals 4 and 5, and will allow guests to efficiently move through our facilities to help streamline their travel journey. We would like to thank American Airlines for their partnership and investment in the modernisation of our airport.

The Terminal 4.5 Core project broke ground in July 2019 and was completed ahead of schedule under the general contractor and construction firm, Hensel Phelps.

The project, designed by architecture firm Gensler, is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.

Terminal 4.5 Core
Rendering of Terminal 4.5 Core with pedestrian bridge to APM station

Following this opening, the next phase of the Terminal 4/5 modernisation project is expected to be complete in 2024 with the opening of the new Terminal 4 Headhouse. This new facility will feature ticketing counters and baggage claim carousels for American Airlines, as well as a consolidated security screening checkpoint.


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