Completion Expected By 2013
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles
International Airport officials proudly announced plans on November
17 for the modernization and expansion of LAX. Attended by airline
executives, elected officials and business leaders, a ceremony at
LAX's Flight Path Learning Center presented architectural models
illustrating designs for the upgrade.
"Today marks a milestone in our effort to modernize the hub of
the region's air transportation system and restore it to the
premier international gateway the airlines need and the City of
Angels deserves," Villaraigosa said.
Architect Curt Fentress said, "We want to change LAX into LA
wow." Fentress Associates, best known for design work on the Denver
International Airport terminal and the Marine Corps museum in
Quantico, VA, hoped to reflect the area's landscape in the lines of
the building, Fentress said.
Planned improvements include major renovation of the Tom Bradley
International Terminal, a cross-field taxiway, a midfield concourse
and a new passenger processing facility. The updated Bradley
Terminal will include the reconstruction of two concourses, new
gates on the west side accommodating larger airliners, plus shops,
restaurants and lounges.
Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn said, "We are one step
closer to making LA the home of a world-class international
airport. We haven't done anything at this airport since 1984," just
before the city hosted the Summer Olympics.
Los Angeles World Airports director Gina Marie Lindsey said the
airport will finance the modernization with higher landing fees,
bonds, revenue from airport concessions and seed money from a
portion of $850 million in bonds sold by LAWA earlier this year,
the Los Angeles Times reported.
At a cost estimated between $5 billion and $6 billion, the
projects are slated for completion by 2013.