The $6 billion Airfield Terminal Modernization Project has been given the go-ahead by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners.
The project is now set to go before L.A. City Council for final approval. In anticipation of its arrival, Councilman Mike Bonin brought forth a series of motions focused on having Los Angeles World Airports use the project to advance sustainability, airport access, and worker protections. Bonin represents the areas surrounding the airport.
“LAX modernization will assure we get a world-class airport,” Bonin said. “But it is equally important that we get an airport that is a first-class neighbor and a first-rate employer. We have a tremendous opportunity to make sure the improvements at LAX benefit travelers, people who live near the airport and the employees who make the airport function every day.”
According to the Councilman, the package of motions seeks to use the project to benefit the airport's employees and uplift surrounding communities. LAX officials have said that the upgrade will reduce nearby congestion and improve the customer experience. It is also expected that the project will create 4,700 new long term jobs as well as thousands of construction jobs.
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