Tom-Bradley-southeastLos 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.

The 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.”