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LAX Breaks Ground On New Terminal

The largest public works project in Los Angeles’ history is under way, now that ground has been broken for the Bradley West Project at Los Angeles International (LAX).

The $1.545M project is the first major capital investment at the airport since 1984 and when finished will offer 1.25 million sq. ft. of new building area, including a Great Hall for shopping and dining, a larger Customs facility and new airline lounge space.

Fifteen new boarding gates and larger seating/holdroom areas will be able to accommodate the latest aircraft, such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.

The project is expected to create 4,000 construction-related jobs during the three years it will be built; the Great Hall and new gates on the west side are slated to be finished at the end of 2012; the gates on the east side are slated for completion in 2013.

In the meantime, LAX is looking to do an overhaul of its concessions program. The new terminal’s concessions will be addressed at a later time.

“The goal is to have some real capital improvements, make our concessions more physically attractive, increase revenue and give the airport the feel of L.A.,” Alan Rothenberg, president of the Board of Airport Commissioners, told the Los Angeles Times.

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