Construction starts today on the complete remaking of LAX's Terminal 1, which serves Southwest Airlines. (Unfortunately, these upgrades are just for the terminal; your flight will still be cramped and uncomfortable.) Looking to change the entire passenger experience "from the curb to the gate," Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX, says that the new terminal will have practical, convenient features like 12 lanes for TSA screening and a new baggage claim and arrival area; the entrances to the terminal will also be moved around in hopes of cutting down on car traffic from drop-offs and pick-ups. Inside T1, the overhaul will create 24 new retail shops and food options—nearly doubling what's offered now—that'll include two full-service restaurants and a Duty Free; there'll also be a new "sculptural origami-inspired ceiling," and bigger windows facing the runway, says a release.
The first new shops in the $508-million project are scheduled to open in the summer of 2015, with the remaining stores opening in phases after that, until 2018, when work is expected to be fully complete. Terminal 2 is also getting a big makeover right now.
· Westfield bringing 24 new dining & retail destinations, cutting-edge new design to LAX Terminal 1 [Westfield]
· See the Brand New Look Coming to LAX's Terminal 2 [Curbed LA]