Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and airline officials marked the second milestone in the $723.5 million makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Tuesday, April 10th.

A new temporary ticketing lobby for Mexicana Airlines ó LAXís top foreign flag carrier ó will be opened as renovations to the terminal continue moving forward.

This is the first major upgrade to LAX terminals since 1984 when the one-million-square-foot Tom Bradley International Terminal was originally built.

Elements of the project include:

ó addition of 45,000 square feet to house a $140 million in-line baggage security screening facility with the latest generation of explosives detection technology for increased efficiency and throughput, to eliminate passengers waiting in line with luggage for screening and reduce congestion by removing the oversized machines now in check-in lobbies;

ó a second gate to accommodate new larger jets, the Airbus A-380 and Boeing 747-800;

ó four new ìmegaî airline lounges to replace 16 individual ones and significantly expand overall lounge space 72 percent to 47,000 square feet ó three lounges will serve airline alliances and the fourth will serve unaffiliated airlines;

ó modern technology such as dynamic video monitors that automatically update flight status;

ó new heating/ventilation/air conditioning and more-efficient electrical and lighting systems to reduce energy consumption; new plumbing systems to conserve water; and

ó clearer signage and public address systems, and new fire life safety systems.

This project is the first at LAX to apply sustainable ìgreenî building measures. Seventy-five percent of construction and demolition waste will be recycled or salvaged, and the design features several local and sustainable building materials and finishes.

The improvements are scheduled to be completed by March 2010. They are to be funded by several sources, including passenger facility charges, airline reimbursements, federal grants and airport revenues.

No monies from the City of Los Angeles general funds will be used.

More than 30 airlines at Tom Bradley International Terminal served nine million international travelers in 2006, 53 percent of LAXís overall 16.9 million international passenger volume.

The total passenger volume last year was 61,041,066.

LAX is the fifth-busiest airport in the world.

Los Angeles World Airports is the agency that operates the cityís four airports.