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Flight Operations Begin In New South Concourse Of Tom Bradley International Terminal At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

September 23, 2013 Airport No Comments Email Email

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by former mayors and elected officials; airport officials and representatives of airlines; and other airport tenants to commemorate the start of flight operations in the South Concourse of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The start of operations marks completion of Phase I of the overall $1.9-billion New TBIT Project.

Operation-SmileThe New Tom Bradley International Terminal is considered the crown jewel of the $4.1-billion LAX Capital Improvements Program-Phase 1, the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles.

In addition to three gates in the North Concourse that opened in March 2013, there are now a total of eight new gates operating on the west side of the terminal, all of which can accommodate larger, new-generation (Group 6) aircraft such as the Airbus A380 super jumbo jet and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and that feature three passenger boarding bridges – one upper and two on the main deck level to provide faster, more efficient boarding and deplaning. In total, the new TBIT will offer 18 gates and boarding areas. Arriving international passengers will now also process through an expanded and upgraded U.S. Customs and Border Protection federal inspection area. This fully modernized facility will be able to accommodate 4,500 passengers per hour, up from current 2,800 passengers.

Passengers will also experience for the first time, one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) at a North American airport. Designed to create an unprecedented passenger experience, this elaborate system includes seven media features including an 80 foot-tall Welcome Wall offering greetings to travelers and a similar Bon Voyage Wall, along with a 72-foot-tall digital Time Tower in the Great Hall featuring video that captures the romance and wonder of traveling the globe.

Also inside the Great Hall, the 150,000-square-foot Antonio Villaraigosa Pavilion will soon impress passengers from around the world with more than 60 premier dining and luxury retail and duty-free shops – including 22 local L.A. brands – and other world-class amenities. The new dining and retail collection will phase-in as concessions transition over the coming days and weeks.

“The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is the first and last impression of Los Angeles for nine million travelers every year,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This new terminal enhances passenger safety and security, while giving travelers the first-class airport experience they expect from a world-class city like Los Angeles.”

Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said, “Passenger-friendly terminals and conveniences, airplane-friendly taxiways and gates are all ‘must haves’ as airports around the world compete for the economic vitality that world-class airports create. Our goal is to modernize LAX to ensure it retains its vital role as the cornerstone of Southern California’s air transportation system.”

New Iconic Architecture

Designed by Fentress Architects, the New TBIT is inspired by the Pacific Ocean, with a flowing roofline that recalls the rhythm of waves breaking on the beach. An open and spacious 110-foot-tall Great Hall suffused with natural daylight acknowledges Southern California’s temperate climate, while its aluminum roof arches over the column-free structure. The new terminal has already won architectural design awards and is expected to become a new iconic structure for Los Angeles.

“What makes the architecture in the New Tom Bradley International Terminal so significant is that it represents the majestic quality and contemporary philosophies of Los Angeles. Its inspired design solution is in response to its setting, the beautiful waves of the Pacific Ocean,” said Curtis Fentress, principal in charge of design for the LAX modernization.

World-Class Dining and Retail Showcase Local Favorites and Global Designer Brands

Terminal concessions manager Westfield and its partners are investing $79.8-million to deliver a world-class traveler experience at the New TBIT. Travelers will enjoy dramatic views, inviting storefronts inspired by Rodeo Drive and a variety of dining options. With 31 exciting new options – three times more than before – ranging from luxury dining to healthy-and-fresh sit-down to grab-and-go, Westfield’s dining collections will showcase freshness, demonstration cooking, and sophisticated architecture, and celebrates local restaurants with culinary delights from renowned Top Chefs Michael Voltaggio, duo Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Suzanne Goin, and others whose cuisine reflect Los Angeles’ culture, diversity and trends.

“With flight operations now underway, we look forward to introducing passengers to the best local and global brands as we begin the transition to transform LAX into a global gateway beyond travelers’ wildest dreams, and we look forward to the future of LAX,” said Peter S. Lowy, co-chief executive officer of the Westfield Group.

Blending many of the world’s best known luxury designer brands with a distinctly Los Angeles flavor, Westfield’s retail collection, joined by a $25-million investment in the duty-free program by DFS Group, will provide travelers with an array of shopping choices in news-and-gifts, specialty retail, and duty-free shopping, including shops from local institutions such as Fred Segal and Kitson.

“The opening of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal marks an important milestone in the elevation of LAX to its rightful status as a world-class airport,” said Polly Nelson, managing director of DFS North America. “Through its presence in the new complex, DFS is very pleased to play its part in this transition and is committed to providing a duty-free customer shopping experience that will place LAX among the world’s favorite airports for international travelers.”

Phase 2 and Construction Team 

Phase 2 of the project, which begins later this year, includes: new boarding bridges and aircraft aprons on the east side of the new terminal; upgraded federal customs and immigration inspection areas; relocation of and upgrade to the federal passenger security screening area; public art installations; and secured corridors between Terminal 3, TBIT and Terminal 4 so connecting passengers can conveniently go from one terminal to the next.

LAWA Deputy Executive Director for Airports Development Group Roger Johnson and New TBIT Project Manager Mike Doucette are leading and managing the design and construction of the new terminal. Construction is being performed by Walsh Austin Joint Venture, Los Angeles, which is comprised of Walsh Construction Company and Austin Commercial.

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