LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/23/07 --
WHAT: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa will be joined by airport and airline officials in a ceremony to break ground on a long- awaited major renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The $575.6- million project is the largest in City history and is expected to help LAX retain its competitiveness as the premier West Coast international gateway, especially to the fast growing Asia-Pacific Region. Because construction work will be performed while the terminal is fully operational, project is also considered one of the most complex among U.S. airports. This is first major upgrade to LAX terminals since 1984 when the one-million-square foot TBIT was originally built. See below for list of project details.
WHO: -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
-- Los Angeles City Councilmember (11th District) Bill Rosendahl
-- Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Alan Rosenthal
-- LAXTEC Corp. Executive Director Frank Clark (consortium of 30+ TBIT airlines)
WHEN: 11 a.m., Monday, February 26, 2006
WHERE: TBIT Lower/Arrivals Level Lobby (i.e., meet-and-greet area inside terminal) Los Angeles International Airport
PARKING: ONLY broadcast-equipped media vehicles displaying valid LAX Media
Parking Permits may park terminal curbside if vehicles must be attended at all times, or parked in Vendor Delivery Lots 3 or 4. All other media may park in structures for validated parking.
VISUALS: 1. Speeches inside meeter-greeter area with many arriving passengers in background exiting customs and immigration inspection to enter L.A.
2. Mayor signals backhoe operator to dig
3. VIPs shovel dirt simultaneously
4. Large poster boards with architectural renderings depicting improvements
BACKGROUND: Elements of the project include:
-- Addition of 45,000 sq. ft. to house $140-million, in-line baggage security screening facility with latest generation explosive detection technology for increased efficiency and through-put. Eliminates passengers waiting in line with luggage for screening and reduces congestion by removing the oversized machines in check-in lobbies.
-- A second gate to accommodate new generation jets -- Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-800.
-- Four new "mega" airline lounges to replace 16 individual ones and significantly expand overall lounge space 72 percent to 47,000 square feet. Three lounges will serve airline alliances and fourth will serve unaffiliated airlines.
-- Modern technology such as dynamic video monitors that automatically update flight status
-- New heating/ventilation/air conditioning and more efficient electrical and lighting systems will reduce energy consumption; new plumbing systems will conserve water.
-- Clearer signage and public address systems, and new fire life safety systems.
Project is first at LAX to apply sustainable "green" building measures, including 75 percent of construction and demolition waste will be recycled or salvaged, and design features several local and sustainable building materials and finishes.
Project is scheduled to be completed by March 2010. It will be funded by several sources, including passenger facility charges, airline reimbursements, federal grants and airport revenues. No monies from City's general funds will be used.
More than 30 airlines at TBIT served nine million international travelers in 2006, 53 percent of LAX's overall 16.9 million international passenger volume. Total passenger volume last year was 61,041,066. LAX is fifth busiest airport in world.
CONTACT: LAX Public Relations Division at (310) 646-5260 or 24-hour duty officer pager at (310) 523-8994.
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