SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

February 25, 2007 08:00 ET

Reminder - Mayor Villaraigosa to Break Ground on LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Renovation; $575.6-Million Project Is Largest in City History

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 25, 2007 --


WHAT:   Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa will be joined by airport
        and airline officials in a ceremony to break ground on a long-
        awaited major renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal
        (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The $575.6-
        million project is the largest in City history and is expected to
        help LAX retain its competitiveness as the premier West Coast
        international gateway, especially to the fast growing Asia-Pacific
        Region. Because construction work will be performed while the
        terminal is fully operational, project is also considered one of
        the most complex among U.S. airports.  This is first major upgrade
        to LAX terminals since 1984 when the one-million-square foot TBIT
        was originally built.  See below for list of project details.


WHO: -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
     -- Los Angeles City Councilmember (11th District) Bill Rosendahl
     -- Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Alan Rosenthal
     -- LAXTEC Corp. Executive Director Frank Clark (consortium of 30+ TBIT
        airlines)

WHEN:   11 a.m., Monday, February 26, 2006

WHERE:  TBIT Lower/Arrivals Level Lobby (i.e., meet-and-greet area inside
        terminal) Los Angeles International Airport

PARKING:  ONLY broadcast-equipped media vehicles displaying valid LAX Media
          Parking Permits may park terminal curbside if vehicles must be
          attended at all times, or parked in Vendor Delivery Lots 3 or 4.
          All other media may park in structures for validated parking.

VISUALS: 1. Speeches inside meeter-greeter area with many arriving
            passengers in background exiting customs and immigration
            inspection to enter L.A.
         2. Mayor signals backhoe operator to dig
         3. VIPs shovel dirt simultaneously
         4. Large poster boards with architectural renderings depicting
            improvements

BACKGROUND:  Elements of the project include:
--  Addition of 45,000 sq. ft. to house $140-million, in-line baggage
    security screening facility with latest generation explosive detection
    technology for increased efficiency and through-put. Eliminates passengers
    waiting in line with luggage for screening and reduces congestion by
    removing the oversized machines in check-in lobbies.
--  A second gate to accommodate new generation jets -- Airbus 380 and
    Boeing 747-800.
--  Four new "mega" airline lounges to replace 16 individual ones and
    significantly expand overall lounge space 72 percent to 47,000 square feet.
    Three lounges will serve airline alliances and fourth will serve
    unaffiliated airlines.
--  Modern technology such as dynamic video monitors that automatically
    update flight status
--  New heating/ventilation/air conditioning and more efficient electrical
    and lighting systems will reduce energy consumption; new plumbing systems
    will conserve water.
--  Clearer signage and public address systems, and new fire life safety
    systems.
    

Project is first at LAX to apply sustainable "green" building measures, including 75 percent of construction and demolition waste will be recycled or salvaged, and design features several local and sustainable building materials and finishes.

Project is scheduled to be completed by March 2010. It will be funded by several sources, including passenger facility charges, airline reimbursements, federal grants and airport revenues. No monies from City's general funds will be used.

More than 30 airlines at TBIT served nine million international travelers in 2006, 53 percent of LAX's overall 16.9 million international passenger volume. Total passenger volume last year was 61,041,066. LAX is fifth busiest airport in world.

CONTACT: LAX Public Relations Division at (310) 646-5260 or 24-hour duty officer pager at (310) 523-8994.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:

    LAX Public Relations Division
    (310) 646-5260

    24-hour duty officer pager
    (310) 523-8994