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“A Ghost Town”: Driving Through an Empty LAX

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I met up with a family member today in the Westchester section of Los Angeles. I was a few blocks from LAX and decided to check out the airport.

Plenty of local news stations have documented the airport’s emptiness. But seeing it in person is truly memorable.

And, frankly, a little jarring.

June Gloom arrived with a punch this morning, making the site especially gloomy. The gray clouds only enhanced the joyless atmosphere.

Here’s what I saw.

The first “whoa” moment came at the intersection of Sky Way and World Way, just before Terminal 1 (Southwest).

The Southwest terminal is usually hopping with passengers on a Friday afternoon.

But today?

The intersection of Sky Way and World Way streets is seen on the departure level of a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

The exterior of Delta’s Sky Way project seems to be coming along nicely. This is near Terminal 2.

An exterior view of the Delta Sky Way project as seen on the departure level of a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

More work is underway further down the road between Terminals 2 and 3.

An exterior view of Terminal 2 as seen on the departure level of a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

An exterior view of Terminal 3 as seen on the departure level of a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Coming around the bend, we encountered a perpetually under construction Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

An exterior view of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) as seen on the departure level of a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.
Look closely. You’ll see of the eight passengers we spotted today.

From there, we passed Terminal 4 (American Airlines) —

An exterior view of Terminals 4 and 5 (departure level) at a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

— before cruising past 6 (airline potpourri) and 7 (United).

An exterior view of Terminal 7 (departure level) at a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

I even had time to stop and get a quick picture of the Theme Building.

An exterior view of the iconic Theme Building is seen from the departure level of a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during to novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester, California, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

My dad grew up in the small town of Casselton, North Dakota (population: 2,508). I’m 100% serious when I say this: I’ve seen more traffic during five minutes in Casselton than I did today at LAX in about the same amount of time. (To put that into further perspective, there are times when LAX sees almost 245,000 passengers in a single day.)

Final Approach

“The place looks like a ghost town,” my wife said when I showed her the pictures.

Fridays (and around LAX) are usually insanely busy. Never did I think I’d see it like this — especially with things starting to reopen and more people feeling comfortable traveling.

I look forward to a busy LAX (words I never thought I’d write).

— Chris

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2 Comments

  1. Really Sad!
    I saw the same emptiness at ATL and MCO last weekend.
    Buy the way, Delta’s planes were so clean; I felt safer on board than anywhere else but home.
    I work in healthcare and know all the “tells”. Everything is being done right.

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