Frontrunner emerges for $3bn LAX PPP

A consortium of infrastructure developers known as LINXS has been recommended to build a $3 billion automated people mover at Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles World Airports, the managing authority for LAX, has chosen the LINXS consortium, which includes Fluor Enterprises, Balfour Beatty, Hochtief and ACS Infrastructure Development, as recommended developers for the public-private partnership, a spokesperson said. The LINXS consortium is expected to be approved by 20 February.

The automated people mover PPP is part of the $5.5 billion Landside Access Modernisation Programme, which is planned to relieve traffic congestion, increase passengers from around 75 million to 79 million annually and provide for easier transit connection. Procurement for a parking and rental car facility is also included in the scheme.

According to a statement from ACS, the LINXS consortium expects a commercial close on the deal in April and financial close in June. The overall project is scheduled to complete construction in 2023.

Last month, the Los Angeles airport authority extended the deadline for financial proposals for the PPP, so bidders could consider the impact of new US tax legislation.

The consortiums included the likes of Meridiam and Skanska as part of Gateway Connectors, and OHL Infrastructure and Aberdeen Global Infrastructure in LAX Connecting Alliance.