LAX Master Plan is a strategic framework for future development of Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX). It is the first comprehensive improvement plan for
the airport since 1956. The last major renovations were completed prior to the
1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. This LAX Master Plan modernizes the runway and
taxiway system, redevelops the terminal area, improves access to the airport,
and enhances passenger safety, security, and convenience.
The LAX Master Plan is the result of a great deal of thought and collaboration.
LAWA spent more than 10 years in a planning process that was both exhaustive and
inclusive. LAWA examined an array of ideas and options that ranged from plans
that could accommodate the full forecast of passenger activity or only a portion
of the need. LAWA examined more than 30 alternatives and sought unprecedented
The LAX Master Plan is designed to balance the public’s call for no expansion
and less impacts to their neighborhoods with the airport’s need to modernize and
focus more intently on ground access, safety and security. The LAX Master Plan
promotes a regional solution to air transportation demand, improves the level of
passenger service, and addresses both community and environmental concerns.
Completion of the improvements included in the Master Plan would allow LAX to
accommodate approximately 78.9 million annual passengers, 3.1 million annual
tons of cargo, and 2,300 daily operations by 2015. LAX will contribute $64
billion annually to the regional economy by 2015.
Los Angeles City Council approved the LAX Master Plan Program in December 2004
which was followed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Record of Decision
and approval in May 2005.