Mayor Garcetti announces Grand Opening of new LAX facility

by The Mayors Office, originally posted on on September 29, 2016
Garcetti Grand Opening LAX Facility

LOS ANGELES—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.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to announce the opening of the Terminal 4 Connector, a new part of the LAX concourse that connects the airport’s south side terminals — Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 — with the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). 

The Terminal 4 Connector saves valuable time by giving travelers a direct, post-security route between terminals. Previously, passengers needed to exit one terminal and re-enter another through TSA security 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 re-screen 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 Terminal 4 Connector not only makes LAX more accommodating for travelers, it also displays our City’s dedication to building environmentally friendly infrastructure,” said City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, who chairs the Council’s Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee. “It sets a powerful precedent for future projects to uphold the same green standards and increase energy conservation.”

The opening of the Terminal 4 connector is a significant milestone in the effort to create post-security connections between all LAX terminals. Future plans include another connector between TBIT and Terminal 3, and walkways between Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

“The key to successfully renovating the airport is building modern facilities that improve efficiency for the traveling public, which in turn improves the overall customer experience,” said Board of Airport Commissioners President Sean O. Burton. “The Terminal 4 Connector does that by reducing the walking distance between terminals and making transfers easier for passengers with checked luggage.”

“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.”

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.

For more information about the Terminal 4 Connector and the LAX modernization program, visit