You can’t say they’re not trying.
Ground has been broken phase one of the new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at Los Angeles International Airport.
When completed, sometime in late 2019, the $1.6-billion, five-level facility and an associated new baggage system will add 12 new gates, more amenities and greater flexibility for parking aircraft.
Designed as an extension of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the new 750,000-square-foot concourse will be located west of TBIT (the Tom Bradley International Terminal) and connected by a 1,000-foot-long underground pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways. Buses will also be used to transport passengers between the concourse and other terminals.
Two of the new gates will accommodate the larger Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8 jets, with the remaining 10 gates accommodating Boeing 777s and 787s, and the Airbus 330s and 350s.
Among a wide range of other new features, the new midfield terminal will be ‘smart’.
According to LAX, flight information displays will include scanners that allow passengers to receive personalized maps on their boarding passes. Beacon technology will also be in place and will work with a new LAX app on smartphones to help passengers find their way around the concourse and find the concessions and amenities they are interested in – and to help LAX track how passengers use the concourse features.
And, looking forward, LAX says the concourse is being built with future technology enhancements in mind, including automated boarding gates that make use of biometrics, such as facial geometry, fingerprints or iris scanning for identification.
*All images courtesy Corgan in association with Gensler.