Travel Alert: Runway Closed at Los Angeles International Airport Until May of 2018

If you plan on traveling to or from Los Angeles International Airport, note that Runway 7L/25R — which is located on the south side of Los Angeles International Airport — is currently closed through sometime in the middle of May of 2018 due to a reconstruction project.

Travel Alert: Runway Closed at Los Angeles International Airport Until May of 2018

“The $49.9 million project involves rehabilitating the center section of Runway 7L/25R, called the ‘keel’ section. Additional work includes new centerline LED lighting and other related specialty items”, according to this official announcement from Los Angeles World Airports. “The work was originally planned as part of the closure of Runway 7L/25R last winter, but because of poor weather and the need to reopen the runway for the busy summer travel season it was rescheduled for 2018.”

This reconstruction project began on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:30 in the morning Pacific Standard Time. “During the closure, passengers may experience flight delays similar to those that occur during bad weather”, according to the aforementioned announcement. “Communities around LAX may also periodically experience increased noise as air traffic patterns shift. When conditions permit, LAX will continue its normal Over-Ocean Operations between midnight and 6:30 a.m. during the runway closure to minimize aircraft noise.”


That passengers who travel to or from southern California have a choice of at least eight different airports is good news when considering that the only runway of San Diego International Airport — as well as its taxiways — are also currently undergoing rehabilitation in the form of reconstruction and paving through Friday, October 26, 2018. The bad news is that these same passengers may encounter delays which could interrupt their travels — as well as possible traffic to access other airports within the region.

I have personally found the international airport which serves the greater Santa Ana metropolitan area in Orange County to be a viable alternative for a number of reasons, as it is located between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Photograph ©2007 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert: Runway Closed at Los Angeles International Airport Until May of 2018”

  1. Lee says:

    How do we know which airline is affected? Is it international or domestic?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Unfortunately, Lee, you will have to either monitor the status of your flight; or contact the airline.

      Some airlines — such as JetBlue Airways, for example — have travel alerts posted…

      …but with no specific information as to which flights are affected.

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