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things you didn’t know about the Los Angeles airport

The fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic in the world, it has a famous building and is undergoing a huge modernization process that should be completed by 2023

Starred building

The Theme Building is one of the most popular architectural icons in the city. Built by three firms (Pereira & Luckman and Associates, Welton Becket and Associates, and Paul R. Williams), it looks like a spaceship with crossing arches.

Private Suite

The corridors of LAX usually become carpets where many Hollywood celebrities circulate. For this reason, the airport has just inaugurated the Private Suite: a terminal for celebs (and important businesspeople) who want to avoid fans and the press. Departing passengers are whisked from their cars directly to their personal suites, where they can enjoy personalized services, and are later driven to the aircraft. The Private Suite has sold over 1,200 memberships.

World-class

LAX is undergoing a comprehensive modernization process. It’s the biggest public plan for urban improvements in the city. It started in 2009 and should be completed by 2023, costing approximately 14 billion dollars. The main focus lies on passenger access, as 50% of travelers go to the airport by car, resulting in traffic problems. To solve them, a rail connection with six stops will be constructed.

Art in transit

The airport implemented the Art Program, which intends to “humanize” and add an artistic touch to the travel experience through temporary exhibitions and installations. See Change, one of these exhibitions, is a video installation in the Tom Bradley Terminal in which 17 renowned artists, among them Colombian-born Mónica Bravo, show their images on a large-scale screen to passengers circulating through the building.

Traffic

It’s the second busiest airport by passenger traffic in the US. In 2016, it welcomed 81 million travelers, an 8% increase compared to 2015. In March of this year, LAX offered 692 direct flights to 91 cities in the country.

Connection

The airport offers free, unlimited wi-fi in the public areas of all the terminals.


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