LAX’s $14 Billion Facelift

Eighty-four million people traveled through Los Angeles International Airport last year, the fourth busiest airport in the world.

The CEO of LAX in charge of transforming the decades-old airport into a world-class aviation experience gave CBS2’s Pat Harvey an exclusive tour of how it’s all coming together.

Before LAX became the fourth busiest airport in the world, it was just a field in Westchester converted into a landing strip in 1928.

Now decades, later it’s undergoing a $14 billion modernization that’s well overdue.

Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint was appointed leader of this colossal upgrade in 2015, transforming LAX into the end-all be-all of all airports.

“What’s most important to me and what wakes me up everyday is the stories of the travelers,” Flint said. “From Oakland, California, go Warriors, all the way to Beijing, Shanghai, Auckland.”

In May, Flint supervised the massive effort to relocate 21 airlines among four terminals at LAX.

A 1,000-foot tunnel will connect passengers from the Tom Bradley terminal to the Midfield concourse set for completion in 2019, adding 11 new gates to the mix.

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