Los Angeles Int'l Airport celebrated new Terminal 4 Connector Grand Opening with @LAMayor @EricGarcetti & #LAWA officials #JDVTravel
Millions of LAX passengers will now reach their connecting flights more quickly and conveniently, thanks to a brand-new, $148-million facility at the airport.
The Terminal 4 Connector is a new piece of the LAX Central Terminal Area that connects the airport’s south side terminals — Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 — with the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials to announce the opening of the facility on September 29,2016. The Terminal 4 Connector saves valuable time by giving travelers a direct, post-security route between terminals. Joy Kennelly was there representing JDV Travel and enjoyed hearing everyone speak at this historic event. It's the first of many upgrades scheduled for LAX.
The Terminal 4 Connector is part of a broader $14-billion LAX modernization that includes an airport rail system, a new rental car facility and capital renovations to eight out of the airport’s nine terminals. In total, the modernization program is creating more than 120,000 local jobs, and adding more than $20 billion to the economy.
Previously, passengers needed to exit one terminal and re-enter another through federal security screening to catch their connecting flights. “LAX is one of the driving forces of our economy, supporting more than 600,000 jobs — that’s why we’re investing $14 billion right now to make it one of the world’s premier airports,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Terminal 4 Connector will make international travel easier and more seamless for millions of passengers, and help us continue to expand our global reach.”
The new facility enables domestic passengers arriving at the south side terminals to catch international connecting flights at TBIT without going back through TSA security. It gives international passengers arriving at TBIT — who, by law, must rescreen their bags once they have cleared customs — an expedited security screening area that connects directly with the south side terminal concourses.
TBIT and the south side terminals hosted a combined 52.3 million passengers last year — about 70 percent of all the passengers who passed through LAX.
The opening of the Terminal 4 connector is a significant milestone in the effort to create post-security connections between all LAX terminals.
"Today, we are dramatically improving the guest experience at LAX, and this connector will serve an important role by helping travelers save time,” said LAWA Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “They will benefit from the freedom to move between terminals, where they can access more shopping and dining options, as well as other guest amenities.”
For more information about LAX, please visit www.lawa.aero/lax or follow on Twitter @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, and on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/laxairport1. Information about LAX’s ongoing multi-billion-dollar LAX Modernization Program, as well as tips and shortcuts to help navigate LAX during construction, are available at www.LAXisHappening.com. Photo Credit for Full Terminal 4 Connector Ceremony, Connecting Seatbelt image and terminal walkway by Michael Justice