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LAX Opens Terminal 4.5 Core

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has opened the Terminal 4.5 Core, the first major component of a $1.62 billion project to upgrade Terminals 4 and 5 at the airport.

The Terminal 4.5 Core provides direct connectivity to the Terminal 5 baggage claim and check-in lobby, as well as a centralized location between Terminals 4 and 5 where passengers can access all four levels of the terminal building on the pre-security side using elevators, escalators and stairs.

When the future Automated People Mover (APM) train project is complete, the Terminal 4.5 Core will provide access to APM’s West Central Area station by way of a pedestrian walkway.

“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,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), operator of LAX.  “We would like to thank American Airlines for their partnership and investment in the modernization of our airport.”

The Terminal 4.5 Core project broke ground in July 2019 and was designed by architecture firm Gensler. The next phase of the Terminal 4/5 Modernization project is anticipated to complete in 2024 with the opening of the new Terminal 4 Headhouse, which will feature new ticketing counters and baggage claim carousels for American Airlines and a consolidated security screening checkpoint.