LAX completes safety upgrades for all four runways


All four runways at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), in the US, have returned to full operations after the airport completed the fourth and final phase of its mandatory runway safety enhancements.

The airport is managed and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which is the airport oversight and operations department for the city of Los Angeles, California.

As per the US Congress requirements, all airports in the country are required to undertake Runway Safety Area (RSA) improvements in order to enhance safety for both landing and departing aircraft.

RSAs stretch over an area of 1,000ft by 500ft at each runway end and 250ft from the centreline.

LAWA Operations and Emergency Management deputy executive director Keith Wilschetz said: LAX is proud to announce that we have finished the fourth and final RSA project, which creates additional safeguards for all of our passengers and ensures that the planes of today – and the future – will have the space to take-off and land safely and within Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines.”

In March 2015, LAX commenced the RSA upgrade project, which was carried out in phases in order to minimise the impact on airport operations.

“LAX is proud to announce that we have finished the fourth and final RSA project, which creates additional safeguards for all of our passengers."

In addition, the scope of the project included airfield modernisation and runway maintenance works at the airport.

In final phase of the RSA project, the 12,091ft Runway 7L-25R at LAX underwent safety enhancements over a weekend.

Work on the fourth runway started in October last year after the completion of the RSA upgrade on Runway 6R-24L.

As part of the project, 7L-25R underwent maintenance and rehabilitation work, electrical revisions and RSA improvements on the west end of the runway.


Image: Aerial view of Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports.