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L.A. mayor wants smaller airport expansion

The mayor of Los Angeles wants to scale back plans to expand LAX airport.
The mayor of Los Angeles wants to scale back plans to expand LAX airport.  

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A $12 billion plan to add terminals and expand parking at Los Angeles International Airport should be scaled back to allow more emphasis on improving security and air safety, Mayor James K. Hahn said Monday.

His proposal, prompted partly by the September 11 U.S. terrorist attacks, would eliminate parking in the central terminal area, where a parking ban has been in effect since the attacks. The ban is to remain in effect until further reviews by the Federal Aviation Administration and FBI.

Instead, more parking would be added away from the airport, where passengers can take shuttle buses to the terminal. The mayor and airport officials also have been encouraging people to take mass transit, or take advantage of drop-off locations.

The mayor has proposed redesigned ticketing and baggage screening facilities located away from the terminals, where passengers would be screened and shuttled to the airport. Hahn wants plans to add 42 passenger gates to be scrapped.

Former Mayor Richard Riordan proposed the expansion plan to accommodate 89 million travelers a year by 2015. Hahn's proposal would let the airport grow to accommodate 78 million passengers. The six-year expansion study cost $60 million.

Los Angeles International Airport was built in 1959 to handle 40 million passengers a year, but served 67 million passengers in 2000, according to airport officials.

Hahn, who was recently appointed chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' task force on improving airport security, said the city is spending $800,000 per day on extra security.


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