Los Angeles International Airport announced Thursday that it has turned over to construction crews the final parcel of land necessary for the development of a new airfield concourse.
Midfield Satellite Concourse is a $1.6-billion project expected be completed in late 2019. The 750,000-square-foot concourse will include 12 new gates and a 1,000-foot-long underground pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways.
There was no word on how the new major construction project will affect travelers and drivers in the central terminal area during the years-long construction.
Clearing the land for the project included demolishing several hangars and relocating the airport’s rotating beacon, fiber communication infrastructure and Federal Aviation Administration equipment to other parts of the airfield.
The enabling work preparing the land for construction cost $8 million and came in under budget.
“With (work) for the midfield concourse site now completed — on time and under budget — it is full speed ahead towards opening the concourse at the end of 2019,” Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint said. “This new concourse will be state of the art and has been designed to provide excellence in guest experience.”
—Staff and wire services
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