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Image credit: Los Angeles World Airports

Image credit: Los Angeles World Airports

KTLA is reporting that construction setbacks on the long-awaited Automated People Mover transit system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have delayed the project until at least the end of 2025.

According to the local outlet’s analysis of a new Fitch Ratings report, “The Automated People Mover system is 96% complete but increasing construction delays and a ‘strained relationship’ between the contractor and Los Angeles World Airports, which owns and operates LAX, have kept it from being completed.” 

The news comes after five years of construction on the $5.5 billion transportation component of the airport’s larger $14.5 billion first phase of upgrades. Completion was originally expected last year. Once it is finished, the 1.2-million-square-foot station will connect the rest of the 2.25-mile-long tract to Terminals 3, 4, and 5 and form the bookend of a system that will serve approximately 30 million people a year. 

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HDR and Balfour Beatty are part of the LINXS partnership that is delivering the project, which includes a new Metro C Line station link, in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. 

Another Midfield Satellite Concourse South is underway from Woods Bagot for 2025 as well. It will be joined by further terminal upgrades that will drastically improve the airport experience for all users. 

Meanwhile, the airport’s official historian, Jean-Christophe Dick, has shared some interesting photos of the airport that could have been via