The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is "considerably behind schedule," but managed to debut three gates yesterday--one, which can handle jumbo jets, has actually been open since last fall; the other two opened last week, reports the Daily Breeze. The fresh new North Concourse gates come with "a laser-based, visual guidance system to direct pilots into their gates, automated boarding bridges and a system that allows airlines to board passengers through as many as three doors on the double-decker Airbus A380." Ooh. Aah. For now, travelers have one newsstand and some restrooms to help them pass the wait time, but eventually the new TBIT will all have tons of bananas amenities focused in its new great hall--those will include a play area, lounges, very high-end shops (Hermes, Gucci, Fred Segal), and real, actual restaurants (Border Grill, Umami, LAMILL).
Work on phase one, which includes that great hall, was supposed to be finished in December but Los Angeles World Airports, which runs the airport, now says it should be ready in July. Apparently the delay is in part due to giant video screens "filled with information and advertising" that will grace the great hall. (Phase two, which includes new customs facilities, should be done in 2014.) The new terminal was designed by architect Curtis Fentress.
· LAX opens three new state-of-the-art gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal [DB]
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