Officials to Celebrate Grand Opening of LAX Terminal 1 Extension

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held today to mark the grand opening of the Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 1 extension, a $477.5 million piece of the airport's modernization efforts.

The project connects the terminal to a pedestrian walkway that will take travelers to the future Automated People Mover's Central Terminal Area station. Additional rest rooms, a service-animal relief area, ticket counters, baggage carousels and a bus port were also added to the terminal.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti -- along with Councilmen Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino -- will join Airport Commission President Sean Burton, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and Los Angeles World Airports CEO Justin Erbacci for the ribbon cutting to open the terminal extension -- which was referred to as Terminal 1.5 during construction.

This is the second opening in less than two weeks for LAX's modernization projects, which cost a total of $14.5 billion.

On May 24, officials celebrated the grand opening of the $1.73 billion West Gates building adjacent to the Tom Bradley International Terminal, capable of serving up to 15 aircraft, both international and domestic.

“We've essentially built a new airport while we were running one of the busiest airports in the world,'' Garcetti said during the West Gates opening.

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