California’s airport infrastructure is vital to the state’s economy. More than 150 million people and billions of tons of cargo flow through our airports every year. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) alone, more than 2,300 flights contain 80 million passengers and/or two million tons of cargo. LAX ranks 12th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, valued at nearly $101.4 billion.
To keep the state’s economy healthy and remain competitive, it is critically important to maintain and expand California’s airport infrastructure. This means rebuilding and upgrading aging international and regional airport facilities.
In Southern California, changes are happening at area airports. After local residents approved Measure B to fund efforts, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is moving forward to build a 14-gate replacement terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport.
As part of the efforts, the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) includes an Automated People Mover, Intermodal Transportation Facilities, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center, improvements to the Central Terminal Area and a connection to Metro. The Tom Bradley International Terminal will get a revitalized concourse and 18 newly redesigned aircraft gates to accommodate new-generation aircraft. Other LAX projects include new taxiways and taxi lanes, and renovations of other airline carrier terminals.
These projects not only promise to transform LAX into a world-class airport and improve the travel experience, but to employ numerous people in the process. The effort is expected to create skilled jobs for 40,000 heavy construction workers over the span of the project. Airport officials estimate that 90 percent of the construction workforce will come from Southern California, with nearly 40 percent of those laborers coming from Los Angeles County.
Investing in airport infrastructure helps ensure a prosperous future for California’s economy. Our lawmakers need to know that constitutes recognize the need for these repairs and updates.
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