Passengers traveling through the future Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport will find offerings by more than 60 dining and luxury retail shops, including 22 Los Angeles-area brands.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was joined by Los Angeles World Airports and Westfield officials at LAX Dec. 5 in unveiling the variety of dining and retail options planned to open as part of the overall remodel of the international terminal. The $1.5 billion Bradley Terminal project, the largest public works project in the city’s history, is among a series of modernization projects taking place at LAX.
“We’re investing in LAX because it isn’t just a travel hub, it’s the gateway to the Pacific Rim and a central driver of our regional economy,” said Villaraigosa. “Westfield’s development in the New Tom Bradley International Terminal will showcase L.A.’s distinct style and spirit, keep LAX competitive in the global market, increase international tourism, and put Angelenos to work now and for years to come.”
Westfield and its partners are investing $80 million to develop the new dining and retail program at the Bradley Terminal, airport officials said.
The first phase of the project, which includes a “Great Hall” and boarding gates on the west side of the terminal, is scheduled to open in spring 2013. The second phase, which includes new gates on the east side, a new federal security screening area and upgraded customs arrivals area, is expected to be completed by 2014.
Airport officials note that the modernization of LAX is creating 40,000 jobs and is funded without the use of taxpayer dollars.
“Today’s announcement continues the transformation of LAX to provide passengers with an experience they expect from a world-class city like Los Angeles,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports.
“A major focus of our customer service improvements is to create a cohesive, memorable and high-quality dining and shopping experience with a variety of new and innovative options that offer a ‘sense of place’ reflecting the culture, cuisine and trends of Los Angeles.”
Westfield will introduce 42 concepts to LAX for the first time, including 28 new concepts never before seen in an airport environment that are projected to generate annual sales of $98 million, company officials said.
“As Los Angeles is home to our U.S. headquarters, Westfield takes great pride in being selected to help realize the mayor’s vision,” said Peter S. Lowy, co-chief executive of the Westfield Group. “We are deploying global resources and development expertise to deliver an iconic, world-class airport experience at LAX, and welcome the opportunity to be part of such a talented and determined team.”
Dining features at the Bradley Terminal will bring global flavors together for a traveler-friendly mix of healthy and fresh sit-down, casual and grab-and-go options, according to Westfield. Among the options will be Cantina Laredo, Marmalade Café, Pinkberry, Starbucks Coffee, Drink.LA, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Scoreboard LA, and Panda Express.
Boasting 25,000 square feet and three free-standing fashion luxury boutiques, a major highlight of the new terminal is expected to be the duty-free shopping line-up by DFS, airport officials said.