Despite serving a city synonymous with beauty and glamour, LAX has long been considered the ugly sister of the airport world. Tom Batchelor travels to California to learn how the Pacific hub is being transformed beyond recognition
Los Angeles International Airport – better known by its iconic IATA signifier LAX – is no ordinary airport. Pre-pandemic, it was the second busiest in the United States and third busiest globally by many metrics.
It isn’t a gateway resting on its laurels either – the sprawling site is amid a multi-billion dollar upgrade: a fact that will come as no surprise to anyone who has visited the hub in recent months. Major construction work has resulted in terminal and road closures as the facility undergoes a radical transformation ahead of the 2028 Olympic Games.