Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa was joined by airport officials, business leaders, local celebrity chefs and media from around the world to launch a series of events to showcase Los Angeles and the new terminal, before construction is completed later this year.
The preview events provide a sneak peek of the South Concourse Aircraft Gate Areas and 150,000-square-foot Great Hall, which will soon impress passengers from around the world with more than 60 premier dining and luxury retail shops – including 22 local L.A. brands – and world-class amenities.
A highlight of the New TBIT is one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) at a North American airport, designed to create an unprecedented passenger experience and a non-aeronautical revenue source for LAX.
The Preview Gala on Thursday night will feature the grand premiere of the 72-foot-tall digital Time Tower, a soaring interactive media structure with changing clock faces that is one of the most significant elements of the state-of-the-art IEMS.
On Saturday’s LAX Appreciation Day, some 10,000 members of the general public will join construction workers, airport employees and their families to get a first look at the facility they helped to build.
The New TBIT 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.
New TBIT’s initial $1.5-billion cost remains on budget for construction, public art, architectural and engineering designs, permits, and other costs for the terminal facility itself.
“The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is the first and last impression nine million travellers have of Los Angeles every year,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “This new terminal enhances passenger safety and security, while giving travellers the first-class airport experience they expect from a world-class city like Los Angeles.
“Customer service improvements at LAX contribute to travellers having positive experiences in our great city, making them want to return.”