Building on success
Work has begun on the long-awaited $1.5 billion modernisation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which was developed by Fentress Architects.
The expanded terminal will boast 1.25 million square feet of floor space, including food and beverage and retail concessions, a premium lounge, an enlarged Federal inspection/customs and border protection area and other passenger amenities.
Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio R Villaraigosa, joined chief architect Curtis Fentress and city council members Janice Hahn and Bill Rosendahl for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility, which will create 4,000 jobs during its construction.
“Today marks another milestone in our effort to modernise the hub of southern California’s air transportation system and restore it to the premiere international gateway the airlines and our customers need and the City of Los Angeles deserves,” remarked Villaraigosa.
Going it alone
Boingo has inked an exclusive deal with BAA to become the sole provider of WiFi services at six UK airports.
WiFi services at London Heathrow, London Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton had until now been provided by multiple operators, but with the new contract will now be offered by Boingo alone.
In conjunction with the award of the contract, Boingo will open an office in London to service its six airport customers and provide laptop and mobile Internet access for millions of passengers.
“Boingo’s proven track record as the global leader in neutral host airport WiFi was crucial to our decision,” says Ian Denchfield, head of commercial telecoms, BAA.
Eyes wide open
Ben Gurion International Airport will soon have a combined and comprehensive surveillance system covering its runways and taxiways after selecting Sensis Corporation’s Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS).
In a deal agreed with the Israel Airports Authority (IAA), Sensis will install a Level II version of the system, which fuses surveillance data from Sensis multi-lateration, Sensis Surface Movement Radar (SMRi) and its VeeLeo NextGen tm vehicle locators, allowing the airport to locate and identify all aircraft and vehicles on Ben Gurion’s runways and taxiways.
Yair Gannot, director of security at IAA, says: “The system will provide our controllers with enhanced situational awareness of the runways and taxiways along with the most advanced conflict detection and alerting technology available.”
Airport World 2010 - Issue 2