The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the environmental impact and compliance reports Monday, September 21st for the reconfiguration of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The reconfiguration plan, known as the Bradley West Project, is one of the improvements included in the LAX Master Plan. The project calls for new concourses to replace existing ones; the addition of nine gates to the west side of the terminal to supplement existing gates on the east side; and addition of secured concourses between Terminals 3 and 4 and the Bradley Terminal, ensuring passengers with connecting flights do not have to pass through security screening again.

Other elements of the project are renovation and modernization of portions of the existing Bradley Terminal and the relocation of existing Taxiways S and Q and a vehicle service road that connect the north and south runway complexes.

“Today’s action by the board is a cornerstone of the work to build international facilities worthy of the LAX name,” Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said. “A world of international travelers and the airlines who serve them have now come a giant step closer to the delivery of one America’s premier international gateways.”

Specifically, the Airport Commission certified the environmental impact report (EIR) for the Bradley West Project, and adopted the LAWA executive director’s LAX Plan Compliance Report, the Statement of Overriding Considerations, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings, and the project’s Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

The project is subject to City Council approval.

The Bradley West Project includes several gates specifically designed to accommodate new-generation aircraft such as the Airbus A380, Boeing 747-8 and Boeing 787, with features including multiple passenger loading bridges for each aircraft, larger passengerlounges/holdrooms, and wider taxiways and aircraft tarmac areas, airport officials said.

The project is expected to provide a substantial number of construction employment opportunities and regional economic benefits, including the need for construction goods and services associated with a large capital improvement project, officials note.