Written on 9th March 2016

Downtown Los Angeles popularity puts pressure on Los Angeles Airport

Since the turn of the last century, 16 years ago, development in Downtown Los Angeles took an interesting turn. An area that, until then, did not have much appeal slowly seemed to appear on the radar of the avid investor. The historic core of the city was the first hub and saw a number of old buildings being restored to their former glory whilst being turned into housing and office buildings.

The second wave saw the Financial District receiving a serious facelift. In 2015, development was happening in nearly every Los Angeles Downtown district. Projects continue to rise in the Historic Core, the Financial District and South Park, though they tend to be taller and much more expensive than in the past. Simultaneously, projects are steaming forward in the Arts District, City West, Chinatown and other communities. Suddenly, Downtown Los Angeles is the place to go, the place to be and the place to work.

With the rapid redevelopment of Downtown Los Angeles, more and more companies are seeing the potential of operating from the heart of this bustling metropolis. With a growing city and population, so grows the needs of air passengers.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in the midst of the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the $4.1 billion in completed or on-going projects has created nearly 40,000 good-paying local jobs and pumps $6.89 billion into the local economy. Furthermore, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is directly responsible for 294,000 jobs in Los Angeles county and an additional 19,400 jobs in neighbouring Southern California counties.

The airlines are also stepping up to the plate to accommodate the ever increasing amount of travelers at LAX:

  • Delta

Delta will be opening a dedicated check-in for their Delta One passengers at Terminal 5. Their state-of-the-art check-in experience gives passengers the VIP treatment right from the curb. Their Elite Services Team are there to offer you a pleasant service from the moment you arrive at LAX. Delta are pleased to redefine relaxation pre-departure.

  • Qantas, British Airways and Cathay pacific

Last May Qantas opened a new wing at its Los Angeles Business Lounge, in partnership with Oneworld members British Airways and Cathay Pacific, and marking the completion of a multi-million dollar upgrade to its LAX lounges.

The extension provides room for 200 more travelers, boosting the Business Class lounge’s total capacity to 600, with another 200 in the adjacent Qantas First Class lounge. The total footprint is 42,000 square feet.


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