A 750,000-square-foot (70,000 sqm) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport will include a dozen new gates, baggage facilities, and shopping and dining outlets, officials said at a groundbreaking ceremony this week. “Our passengers will soon experience LAX in a new and exciting way,” said Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint.
Slated for completion in late 2019, the five-level Midfield Satellite Concourse will include a pair of gates capable of accommodating Airbus 380 super jumbo and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft. A 1,000-foot (304-metre) underground pedestrian tunnel will connect the new facility to the Bradley terminal. Buses will provide connections to the airport’s other terminals.
The new gates are expected to reduce reliance on remote gates on the west side of LAX, which lack passenger services, concessions and other amenities, according to an airport press release.
Similar to the Bradley terminal, the new concourse will feature a roof with an undulating wave design and copious natural lighting. Airport officials promise more “LA-centric” food and retail offerings, as well as 5,575 sqm of airline club space. Seven locations in the concourse are designated as art exhibition and performance areas.
“I am especially excited that the Midfield Satellite Concourse will incorporate a number of sustainability features, such as using passive daylight lighting for the interior spaces, water-saving plumbing fixtures and a cool roof that reduces heat absorption,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, whose district includes LAX. “These eco-friendly features will go a long way to minimising the environmental impact of this much-needed new facility.”