Los Angeles city and airport officials have unveiled the first three aircraft gates to be completed at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
Located in the terminal’s north concourse, the gates are among 18 that will be built as part of the $1.5-billion project. Two of the three completed gates are among nine that can accommodate larger aircraft, such as the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Airbus A-380.
The Bradley Terminal construction, which is being completed in phases, is the largest public works project in the city’s history and part of the overall modernization of 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,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “With these modernizations at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, LAX will showcase our city’s innovative spirit and ensure we remain competitive in the global market for years to come.”
All 18 gates will use state-of-the-art, laser-based, visual guidance docking systems, and computerized passenger boarding bridges automate the operations between the terminal and aircraft doors, airport officials said. Los Angeles World Airports is installing three passenger boarding bridges at all of the new A-380-compatible gates.
At the boarding gates, electrical outlets and USB ports for charging personal electronic equipment, such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops, are installed at each area of seats.
“The overall goal of the LAX modernization program is to dramatically improve the passenger experience with a building designed to capture the spirit of Los Angeles, while establishing new levels of passenger convenience and comfort,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports. “We are creating an airport that is safer and more secure, more energy-efficient, and customer-friendly with the types of services and amenities passengers demand today.”
More than 30 airlines will operate at the Bradley Terminal, using more than 20 different types of aircraft.
The first of the new gates became operational last September, while the two others became operational late last month.
Phase 1 of the project, expected to open this summer, includes a “Great Hall” with 150,000 square feet of dining and shopping, airline lounges, and other passenger amenities including a play area for children. It also includes nine new boarding gates on the west side of the terminal.
Phase 2, which includes the gates on the east side of the terminal and expanded areas for federal passenger security screening and customs and immigration processing, is scheduled to be completed next year.