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Mayor Bass issues statement regarding future of LAWA leadership

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LOS ANGELES — Mayor Karen Bass today issued the following statement:

“I want to thank Justin Erbacci for his seven years of service to Los Angeles World Airports, during which he oversaw major new projects and guided the airport through the pandemic when most travel ceased. In 2022, under Justin's leadership LAX was the sixth-busiest airport in the world. I wish him the best in all his future endeavors. While we conduct an expeditious global search to fill this key position, I am pleased to announce that President Emeritus and 10-year veteran of the Board of Airport Commissioners Beatrice Hsu will step in and serve as Interim CEO to ensure day to day operations and major projects continue uninterrupted. I want to thank Bea for her continued service to LAWA and the City of Los Angeles during this transitional period. I have the utmost confidence that the hardworking employees who make our airports great every day will continue to deliver a world-class experience as we continue to improve our airports. 

“This will be an exciting new chapter at LAWA – our airports are economic engines for the region and the world’s gateway to the U.S. West Coast. We will welcome the FIFA World Cup and the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, two of the largest events in the world, and will also see many exciting projects to modernize LAX completed, including the Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility, and over two million square feet of terminal space being added within the airport's existing footprint with the construction of Concourse 0 and Terminal 9. I look forward to ensuring that LAWA has the leadership needed to navigate this important time.”

Following his 7 year tenure at LAWA, Justin Erbacci will serve as CEO of Airports at NEOM, a regional development taking shape in northwest Saudi Arabia.