Los Angeles International Airport officials announced this week that 2,110 parking spaces in LAX’s Economy Lot C – nearly half of the spaces – will be removed in two phases over the next four months to accommodate the work. of construction.
Lot C, corner of Sepulveda Blvd. and 96th Street, has 4,300 seats. The first phase of the closure, which began Wednesday morning, removes 1,230 spaces located primarily in the northeast part of Lot C. The northern entrance to the lot off Westchester Parkway is also closed.
Another 880 parking spaces in the northern part will be cordoned off starting Friday, December 8. Once the affected places are removed, approximately 2,200 places will be available for use in Lot C.
The spaces are being removed to allow reconfiguration of the parking lot ahead of work on the airport’s $5.5 billion landside access improvement program. Additional parking structures and a new intermodal facility are planned for the area; the facility will connect to a station on the Crenshaw-LAX light rail line currently under construction and the $3 billion automated people mover that will connect the central terminal area to the rail station and a rental car facility consolidated.
The loss of parking spaces comes just as the holiday season begins. Last year, airport officials predicted that 3.5 million travelers would pass through the airport during the 17-day holiday period. This year, more passengers are expected.
Lot C is the only car park operated by the airport outside of the central terminal area. Long-term parking rates are $12 per day.
In their announcement of the removal of Lot C spaces, airport officials urged travelers to consider other options for Lot C, including private parking providers, the FlyAway shuttle service from multiple locations in through Los Angeles and private shuttle providers.
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