LAX Unveils Improved Tom Bradley Terminal

27 May 2010 (Last Updated May 27th, 2010 18:30)

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) is now ready for use at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) following extensive upgrades. The $737m project to revamp the terminal's interior to reduce congestion and improve passenger convenience and safety means the airport can no

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) is now ready for use at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) following extensive upgrades.

The $737m project to revamp the terminal's interior to reduce congestion and improve passenger convenience and safety means the airport can now accommodate more than eight million international passengers a year.

Upgrades have been made to airline check-in and passenger arrival lobbies, and an in-line baggage screening system and larger boarding gates have been installed.

A $140m in-line checked-baggage security screening facility with new explosive detection systems has also been added.

The terminal also underwent a $22.9m enhanced passenger-experience project that focused on revitalising its aesthetics, including entertainment zones and the installation of public art.

The terminal also has new, inbuilt energy efficient measures along with fire and life safety systems, all upgraded with improved accessibility for passengers with disabilities.

Airlines using the terminal provided more than $20m to build four large business-class lounges in an area of 47,000ft².

Funds for the project also came from passenger facility charges, revenue bonds, airline reimbursements and airport revenues.

The US Transportation Security Administration provided $105m for the $140m in-line baggage screening system.