The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) has given its consent for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Project Labour Agreement (PLA) extension in the US.

The extension is for ten years and will ensure the continued existence of the PLA agreement.

The agreement maintains labour relations policies and procedures for construction contractors and craft employees involved in capital improvement projects at LAX.

LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci said: “The extension of the PLA is a critical step in delivering not only promised infrastructure, but the promised jobs and business opportunities to support our community.

“The future of LAX would not be possible without the craft labourers at the heart of this agreement.

“Thank you to parsons, Los Angeles / Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Ron Miller, and the other members of the negotiation team who were integral in making this extension a reality.”

In addition to the extension, BOAC has introduced new amendments, including updating work rules that may conflict with current wage requirements.

Several programmes, including HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Programme and the $5.5bn Landside Access Modernisation Programme (LAMP), were developed as part of the PLA.

HireLAX was a free eight-week course that trains residents within the ‘airport impact area’ for opportunities in the construction trade.

Commenting on the development, BOAC president Sean Burton said: “With the historic extension of the LAX Project Labor Agreement, Los Angeles World Airports is once again setting the standard for excellence in our commitment to workforce development and inclusion.

“From our ground-breaking HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, to 20 years without a work stoppage, this agreement has been and will continue to be a cornerstone of LAX’s transformation into one of the best airports in the world.”

Last year, Los Angeles BOAC awarded architectural firm Woods Bagot a $12m contract to design the proposed Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) South.