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Los Angeles Completes $737-million Tom Bradley International Terminal Renovation, New Super Jumbo Taxiway

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Los Angeles International Airport achieved two major milestones May 24 with the successful completion of the $737-million LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal renovation project and the new $88 million Crossfield Taxiway for Super Jumbo jets.

The 40-month-long Bradley project, begun February 2007, included major interior renovations to airline check-in and passenger arrival lobbies; customs arrivals hall and new high-capacity baggage carousels; arrivals corridors, restrooms and boarding gates.

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Along with a new contemporary look, the project also incorporated improved accessibility for passengers with disabilities; upgraded utilities, energy-efficient lighting, and fire-and-life-safety systems; news restrooms, elevators and escalators; climate control/ventilation systems; new paging system and clearer signage (including dynamic video panels and digital signage that automatically updates flight information.

The largest single component of the project added 45,000 square feet of space to house a new $140-million (included in total amount) in-line baggage security screening facility located behind the scenes, resulting in less congestion in the airline check-in lobbies and eliminating the need for passengers to wait in line for their checked luggage to be screened.

Also announced as being completed was the new Category 6 Crossfield Taxiway at LAX, and to mark the occasion a one-million-plus pound QANTAS Airbus A-380 super jumbo jet became the first aircraft to travel on the just-completed 3,437-feet Crossfield Taxiway (new Taxiway R).

After arriving from Sydney, Australia and taxiing to its gate at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the Airbus A-380 super jumbo was greeted with a water cannon salute by two fire trucks.

The completion of Taxiway R, which came in on schedule and within budget, connects LAX's north and south airfields, improves the safety and efficiency of aircraft ground movements, and alleviates the periodic congestion that occurred on the airfield.

Taxiway R is the first Category 6 taxiway at LAX constructed to accommodate new large aircraft, such as the Airbus A-380 super jumbo jet.

Opening of Taxiway R is a major milestone because it reduces airfield congestion at or near the midfield taxiways. This overall reduction offers substantial benefits related to the safety and efficiency of aircraft ground movement, including reduced aircraft fuel burn and associated air pollutant and noise emissions.

Roughly 8.8 million visitors went through Tom Bradley International Terminal in 2009, making it one of the world's busiest terminals.


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