$1.545 Billion Bradley West Project Ground-Breaking Continues Modernization Effort at Los Angeles International Airport

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa was joined today by City Councilmembers Janice Hahn and Bill Rosendahl, airport commissioners and other officials in a ceremony to break ground on a long-awaited major...

Unrelated to the LAX Master Plan, LAWA has also made significant passenger safety improvements inside the terminals. LAWA recently completed the first phase of installation of in-line baggage screening with enhanced automated technology to inspect each checked bag behind-the-scene. In December 2009, LAWA and the Transportation Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security secured $150 million in federal funds to complete the in-line baggage screening system in several terminals, which will make travel through LAX safer and faster.

Aviation Activity

Los Angeles International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the world, offers more than 565 daily flights to 81 destinations in the U.S. and over 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 65 international destinations.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal is LAX's primary facility serving international travelers, with nearly 30 airlines operating in the terminal today. Last year, the airlines at the Bradley Terminal served over 8.6 million international travelers, or 57 percent of LAX's overall 15.1 million international passenger volume. Total number of passengers at LAX last year was more than 56.5 million. Since its opening in 1984, hundreds of millions of international travelers have passed through the Bradley Terminal.

By 2012, LAX is expected to serve more Airbus A380 flights than any other airport in North America. According to a 2007 study completed by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), LAX serves a vital role relative to trade and tourism and the associated employment and economic benefits. LAX flights in 2006 created 363,700 direct and indirect jobs with annual wages of $19.3 billion in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. The LAEDC study also found that one average transoceanic flight traveling round-trip from LAX every day added $623 million in economic output annually and sustained 3,120 direct and indirect jobs in Southern California with $256 million in annual wages.

Project Team

Roger Johnson, LAWA Deputy Executive Director for LAX Development, is leading and managing the design and construction of Bradley West.

Fentress Architects, an internationally recognized firm that designed Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, and the iconic Denver International Airport in Colorado, is providing design services.

Construction is being performed by Walsh Austin Joint Venture, Los Angeles, which is comprised of Walsh Construction Company and Austin Commercial. Both are long-established construction firms that have performed major public works projects at other U.S. airports, including Chicago-O'Hare, Atlanta-Hartsfield, Dallas-Fort Worth, Sacramento, and Raleigh-Durham international airports.

About Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is a quasi-independent city agency led by Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey and overseen by the seven-member Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. Commissioners are appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council.

LAWA owns and operates LAX, LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution, color, digital images of architectural renderings of the Bradley West Project are available for non-commercial use by registering for free at LAWA's Electronic Newsroom for Media at www.lawamedia.org.)

SOURCE Los Angeles International Airport

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