Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4 Connector

Integrated, sustainable building practices connects passengers and improves airport circulation

Project Facts

Location Los Angeles, California
Owner Los Angeles World Airports
Size 110,000 SF


As part of a massive LAX modernization project, the Terminal 4 connector provides a much needed streamlined system that eases congestion and improves passenger circulation in the sixth busiest airport in the world, and third busiest in the United States. The project includes a sloping, 4-story atrium, checked baggage inspection systems, additional security check points, and a secure connection between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and the airport’s south-side terminals.

About the project

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States, offering 680 daily flights to 96 domestic cities and 930 weekly nonstop flights to 59 cities in 30 countries. In 2013, LAX served nearly 66.7 million passengers. With such an incredible number of people passing through each day, the need for a streamlined system was evident. 

Part of a $14 billion modernization project, the multi-use, multi-level facility offers a secure connection between the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and the airport’s south-side terminals – Terminals 4,5,6,7, and 8. A secure bridge connecting TBIT and Terminal 4 allows passengers to transfer between flights without having to re-enter security checkpoints. It includes a sloping, 4 story atrium visible from the roadway and a plaza area with planters and seating for airport patrons to use. The space also includes a Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) and a five lane Passenger Security Screening Check Point (PSSCP) for arriving international travelers. A South Terminals Passenger Busport was built to reduce walking distance between terminals, easing the transfers of passengers with checked luggage.

The overall construction project will integrate sustainable building practices into LAX’s new architectural vision for the airports, adding an environmentally friendly element to the improvement of passenger circulations. The Terminal 4 Connector is equipped with some of the most efficient lighting, cooling and heating systems available and is equipped to support the future installation of solar panels.