December 5, 2012 – Los Angeles – Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Westfield today reached an important milestone in the Los Angeles International Airport modernization by unveiling the more than 60 premier dining and luxury retail shops – including 22 local L.A. brands – coming to the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).
Serving as the first and last impression of Los Angeles to millions of international passengers annually, the New TBIT will revolutionize the passenger experience in North America.
“We’re investing in LAX because it isn’t just a travel hub, it’s the gateway to the Pacific Rim and a central driver of our regional economy,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “Westfield’s development in the New Tom Bradley International Terminal will showcase L.A.’s distinct style and spirit, keep LAX competitive in the global market, increase international tourism, and put Angelenos to work now and for years to come.”
Westfield and its tenant partners are investing $80 million to develop the new dining and retail program at TBIT. The first phase of New TBIT, which includes a Great Hall and boarding gates on the west side of the terminal, is scheduled for arrival Spring 2013. The second phase – which includes new gates on the east side of the terminal, new federal security screening area, and upgraded customs arrivals area – is expected to be completed by 2014. The New TBIT is the largest public works project in the City’s history and one part of “of “LAneXt™,” the $4.1-billion LAX modernization program comprised of nearly 25 individual projects. The modernization of LAX is creating 40,000 jobs and is funded without the use of taxpayer dollars. TBIT alone will support nearly 4,000 construction-related jobs and help support 1,700 permanent concession jobs.
“Today’s announcement continues the transformation of LAX to provide passengers with an experience they expect from a world-class city like Los Angeles,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the City department that owns and operates LAX and two other Southern California airports. “A major focus of our customer service improvements is to create a cohesive, memorable and high-quality dining and shopping experience with a variety of new and innovative options that offer a ‘sense of place’ reflecting the culture, cuisine and trends of Los Angeles.”
The Westfield program will introduce 42 concepts to LAX for the first time, including 28 new concepts never before seen in an airport environment, and will generate projected annual sales of $98 million.
“As Los Angeles is home to our U.S. headquarters, Westfield takes great pride in being selected to helprealize the Mayor’s vision,” said Peter S. Lowy, co-chief executive of the Westfield Group. “We are deploying global resources and development expertise to deliver an iconic, world-class airport experience at LAX, and welcome the opportunity to be part of such a talented and determined team.”
The New TBIT dining lineup includes sophisticated options that bring global flavors together for a
traveler-friendly mix of healthy & fresh sit-down, casual and grab-and-go. Passengers will:
? Experience Top Chef Winner Michael Voltaggio’s modern techniques and feel the flavor burst
from his sandwiches at ink.sack;
? Feast on upscale, modern Mexican food in a vibrant cantina setting from the “Top Chef Masters”
duo of Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken at Border Grill;
? Delight in Umami Burger, the L.A. outlet awarded GQ’s “Burger of the Year” title;
? Savor freshly roasted, direct trade coffees from LAMill Coffee boutique;
? Grab gourmet sandwiches, charcuterie, artisanal cheese and more from James Beard Award
Winner Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne at Larder at Tavern;