In October 2016, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Westfield unveiled the new Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The latest milestone in the $8.5-billion LAX modernization program features a bold new design and 21 new retail and dining concepts. Terminal 6 is the second redesigned terminal unveiled this year following the transformation of Terminal 2, which debuted in February.
More than 22,000 square feet were transformed in Terminal 6, which delivers a unique traveler journey inspired by L.A.'s iconic Sunset Boulevard. The redevelopment includes the new retail and dining collection and nearly 5,300 square feet of improvements to common areas, including the new terrazzo floor and ribbon ceiling, three sets of bathrooms, new electrical and IT infrastructure as well as tenant office spaces.
The transformation was made possible through a $70.5 million total investment from LAWA, Westfield and operating partners. LAWA and Westfield's on-site design, construction and tenant coordination team worked together with their project partners to complete the 20-month redevelopment ahead of schedule and under budget.
"We're raising the bar for what's possible at an airport," said Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer. "LAWA and Westfield are providing passengers a special experience that allows them to sample the best of L.A., food and drink, unique shops and modern amenities. Now they can find all that and more in Terminal 6."
Los Angeles and LAX had a record-breaking year in 2015. The city welcomed 45.5 million visitors, and LAX saw 74.9 million passengers.
"LAWA had the bold vision to completely transform the traveler experience at the airport," said Keith Kaplan, Westfield's Vice President at LAX. "We're so honored to help make that happen, right here in our hometown, and we're infusing the culture and spirit of Los Angeles into LAX."
The new design unifies a terminal that had been built out over 40 years. The central satellite was built in 1961, and a connector was later added for the 1984 Olympics. The south end connector was built in the 1990s to accommodate additional growth.
Using existing terminal components, like winding hallways and varying elevations, the new traveler experience mirrors a drive along Sunset Boulevard.
The new terminal experience is organized by interconnected neighborhoods that guide travelers on their journey. After passing through the TSA checkpoint, travelers initially encounter a Downtown L.A. vibe. This neighborhood feels like an urban street, complete with concrete walls and metal finishes.
The new ribbon ceiling and terrazzo floor guide travelers into Sunset Plaza, which has inviting, open spaces to eat, drink and people watch.
Travelers then flow into the Sunset Strip and Garden Terrace zones, where high-end retail and local dining burst with the energy of West Hollywood.
The traveler journey is complete at the beach, where the gates have renewed life and energy. It's the perfect place to wait for a flight.
The new collection features 21 dining and retail destinations, including 14 L.A. brands and 13 airport firsts:
- Belkin - the latest in electronics and cutting-edge technology
- Blu2o - L.A. beach-inspired cuisine
- earthbar - healthy, fresh juices and salads with a signature California lifestyle
- The Habit Burger Grill - juicy California-style charburgers
- M.Fredric - the best designer apparel for men, women and kids from one of Southern California's most chic boutiques
- MAC Cosmetics - stock up on quality cosmetics for the makeup addict
- The Marketplace by Wolfgang Puck - Choose from a variety of tastes to suit every palate and budget, featuring The Kitchen, WPizza, and The Wine Bar
- Osteria by Fabio Viviani - a debut L.A. concept created by the famed Top Chef, featuring traditional old-world Italian cuisine
- Peet's Coffee & Tea - Grab a hot cup of the world's premier specialty coffee and teas
- Point the Way Café - world-class craft beers from a local craft brewery
- See's Candies - Choose from over 100 different candies and chocolates with rich heritage
- Starbucks - sip on the world's best known coffees at two locations
- TUMI - the leading international business, accessory and travel lifestyle brand
- Wahoo's Fish Taco - eclectic fusion fare with a Hawaiian vibe
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