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Old June 28th, 2011, 05:54 AM   #41
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With the alteration being carried out to the concourse would this eliminate aircraft having to stop on the taxi way and being towed to their allocated bays???
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 03:43 AM   #45
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LAX hopes to dominate the Western skies once again

By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
July 2, 2011, 4:24 p.m.

Barring another terrorist attack or recession that disrupts air travel, Los Angeles International Airport — long ranked among the nation's worst aviation hubs — is on a path that could restore its reputation as the West Coast's dominant international gateway.

Modernization projects now underway mark the first major expansion of passenger facilities since the Tom Bradley International Terminal was built for the Summer Olympics 27 years ago.

Since then, LAX has steadily fallen behind the modernization efforts of other big-city airports. Aging terminals and a lack of amenities have undercut passenger satisfaction and the airport's share of overseas travelers, some of whom fly into San Francisco, which opened a stunning international terminal in 2000.
More: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...767,full.story

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Old July 3rd, 2011, 04:01 AM   #46
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Old July 4th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #48
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LAX hopes to dominate the Western skies once again
At least $4 billion is being spent on additions to the Bradley International Terminal, improvements to several domestic terminals and upgraded utilities and taxiways to handle the latest generation of super-sized jumbo jets.


Carpenter Jerry Flores works on the metal frames that will be installed in the upper arc of a window in the Bradley West project at LAX. Contractor Walsh Austin is building the massive project that includes new runways, a new terminal and is expected to be completed in late 2012. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 1, 2011)


By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times

July 3, 2011
Barring another terrorist attack or recession that disrupts air travel, Los Angeles International Airport — long ranked among the nation's worst aviation hubs — is on a path that could restore its reputation as the West Coast's dominant international gateway.

Modernization projects now underway mark the first major expansion of passenger facilities since the Tom Bradley International Terminal was built for the Summer Olympics 27 years ago.

Since then, LAX has steadily fallen behind the modernization efforts of other big-city airports. Aging terminals and a lack of amenities have undercut passenger satisfaction and the airport's share of overseas travelers, some of whom fly into San Francisco, which opened a stunning international terminal in 2000.

Now airport officials, including those beyond Los Angeles, say LAX's stature is on the rise. At least $4 billion is being spent on additions to the Bradley terminal, improvements to several domestic terminals and upgraded utilities and taxiways to handle the latest generation of super-sized jumbo jets.

"We want to do in three years what other airports have done in seven or eight," said Los Angeles airport chief Gina Marie Lindsey, who was hired four years ago to get languishing modernization efforts moving.

John L. Martin, the veteran airport director hailed for remodeling San Francisco's airport, says that "any competitive advantage we had in terms of facilities on the international side will be going away" with the Bradley West project, now being built. It is to house a grand hall filled with upscale restaurants, posh lounges and luxury boutiques.

The addition's massive steel skeleton is visible and will include new concourses, gates, 1 million additional square feet of floor space and an expanded customs area. It will eliminate the hassle that international travelers encounter when flights stop short of the Bradley terminal and passengers are bused to the immigration processing area.

Other pending projects include a giant passenger processing center and a new concourse west of the Bradley terminal that would add more gates. It would be linked to the main terminal area by a steel-and-glass sky bridge, and an elevated tram would whisk passengers to other remodeled terminals. A new station would link the entire airport to the growing regional rail network.

Lindsey acknowledged that the ambitious modernization schedule will rely on meeting upbeat passenger projections and avoiding another economic downturn, a terrorist attack on the nation or hikes in fuel costs and ticket prices.

"The other projects will depend on how much the airport grows," she said, "and how much we can pay down our debt."

Half a century ago, LAX was conceived as a futuristic, cutting-edge reflection of the jet age, a vision still projected at the airport by the historic Theme Building, which looks like a flying saucer suspended on curved concrete legs.

For decades, the airport that ushered in its first jetliner in 1959 prided itself on operating a no-frills facility that stressed low costs for airlines and the efficient movement of passengers.

In the terminals, travelers could buy little more than the basics: a newspaper, a cup of coffee, cafeteria fare and a preflight libation. The mantra was: "We are an airport, not a shopping mall."

The utilitarian philosophy served the airport well. Attracted by low costs and the emergence of Los Angeles as a huge market for air travel, foreign and domestic carriers steadily added service, fueling the region's economy.

But by the 1990s, the terminals were dated and falling into disrepair. Modernization schemes were proposed by Mayors Richard Riordan and James K. Hahn to greatly expand the airport's footprint and add new terminals.

Both plans met stiff opposition from residents and neighboring cities worried about traffic congestion, noise, pollution and the likelihood that homes and businesses would be demolished to make way for improvements.

As politicians and airport neighbors fought over how best to revitalize LAX, the terminals deteriorated further. Water mains broke, escalators failed, concrete fell from the legs of the Theme Building and passenger areas grew more crowded.

Officials realized too that the old gates could not accommodate the latest wide-bodied aircraft, including the giant Airbus A380 now in service.

Research showed that the worsening conditions contributed to passenger declines even before air travel was slammed by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. LAX lost about 12% of the airline seats on its weekly international departures from 2000 to 2006, while many other U.S. gateways posted gains.

The stakes were particularly high for the local economy. A 2006 study found that a single international flight traveling roundtrip daily from LAX generated $623 million a year in business activity for the region and supported 3,120 jobs.

The threat of a downward spiral sparked a new commitment — and a new approach — to reviving LAX under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Within months of his election, Villaraigosa settled a major lawsuit and compromised with neighbors so certain airport projects could proceed, as long as some projected passenger growth was pushed to other airports in the region. The deal limited the capacity to 78 million passengers a year, about 11 million fewer than Riordan had sought.

Aviation officials say LAX's development also has been hampered by a high turnover of airport directors. Over a 30-year period, eight leaders came and went, including interim chiefs and one who served twice. San Francisco by contrast, had just two in that time.

Villaraigosa put Lindsey in the top job, where she has remained for four years, longer than the combined tenure of the two directors who preceded her.

Lindsey got the Bradley West project moving, cleared the way for improvements to domestic terminals and helped to bring a more passenger-centric view to LAX planning. "We are looking at the most innovative things at sports venues, shopping malls and convention centers," she said. "We want to create an environment that is soothing, welcoming and alive."

To help finance the current renovations, the airport sold $2 billion in bonds. The debt will be paid with fees charged to airlines, revenue from concessions and charges added to the cost of tickets.

Officials hope passenger volumes will grow so the debt can be paid down and more money can be borrowed to keep improvements coming.

The latest five-year forecasts from a top industry analyst and the Federal Aviation Administration indicate that the number of passengers at LAX will increase from 59.1 million to between 62 million and 68 million by 2014.

But some FAA and LAX forecasts have been unreliable — wildly so — partly because of unforeseen events. LAX had been expected to grow over the last decade, but the number of passengers actually declined by 8.2 million.

Contributing to the downward pressure were the Sept. 11 attacks, the outbreak of a highly contagious illness in Asia, dramatically higher fuel prices in 2008 and the recession.

In 2010, LAX handled 15.9 million international passengers, a 5.5% increase over 2009, but 1.6 million below the peak in 2005. The growth rate was slower than San Francisco's.

In addition to uncertainties about future revenue related to passenger growth, LAX has to balance the pace of improvements with the rising costs it is imposing on airlines, industry analysts say.

If fees become too high, carriers, particularly discount airlines, might be discouraged from operating at LAX or adding flights there.

"At about $11 per enplaned passenger, LAX has had some of the lowest rates for years. Now they are talking about $20 per passenger or more," said Jack Keady, an airline industry consultant based in Playa del Rey. LAX officials had "better pay attention to their costs."

Despite the new modernization efforts, local business leaders remain concerned that LAX still lags behind its competitors, which also are looking to upgrade and compete for lucrative international travelers.

"There has been some progress, but we still have a 1984 airport competing in a 2011 world," said Russell Goldsmith, chief executive of City National Bank and chairman of a business coalition that views the improvement of LAX as vital to boosting local commerce.

Goldsmith says airport officials must move faster to remake domestic terminals, connect LAX to transit lines and further separate the two northern runways, a proposal that might improve the safety and efficiency of flight operations.

But the runway proposal is rekindling the political fires surrounding airport improvements. One watchdog group that helped sink earlier master plans, the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, contends the proposal is unnecessary and will harm communities to the north of LAX.

The alliance recently made the north runways an issue in the race to represent the 36th Congressional District, which includes LAX. It obtained a pledge not to expand the airport from one of the two primary election winners, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

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Times staff writer Maria L. LaGanga in San Francisco contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times


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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:04 AM   #49
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I planned a trip to LAX last week and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the airport is hooked up with the LA train system (which turned out to be very inviting to those who generally don't like to pay for public transport by the way). It surprised me that both from and to the airport the system was exclusively used by airport workers. Although the systems works quite fine it seems to be regarded as poor man's transport. That's a shame. I know LA is a car city but getting from LAX to Long Beach for 2 x $1.50 relatively hassle free and fast I mean, come on.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 05:25 PM   #50
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i was there this week. i surely hope they will do something about the Metro Green Line, actually connecting it to the airport terminals.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 08:40 PM   #51
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i was there this week. i surely hope they will do something about the Metro Green Line, actually connecting it to the airport terminals.
The current light rail technology can only reach the terminals underground, which would be prohibitively expensive. What is more likely that the Green Line will be extended to a stop about a mile east of the airport, with a transfer to people mover that makes a loop around the terminals.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #52
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LGB - Long Beach Airport

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By Kristopher Hanson Staff Writer
Posted: 07/17/2011 09:04:24 PM PDT

LONG BEACH - With the construction of a nearly 2,000-space parking garage complete, work continues across Long Beach Airport on more than $90 million worth of upgrades.

From a new 74,000-square-foot passenger concourse to runway rehabilitation, jet ramp improvements, landscaping and solar panel installation, airport officials are midway through a five-year modernization plan designed to accommodate the facility's tremendous growth in the past decade. The airport opened its new parking garage last week.
More: http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_18497683




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SNA - John Wayne Airport




Airport Improvement Program

The Airport Improvement Program will create additional terminal area capacity in the form of new aircraft gates, hold rooms, concessions, passenger/baggage screening capabilities, and more parking. It will also help redistribute traffic between Terminals A, B and C, thus achieving a balanced operation throughout the terminal complex. A key objective of the Airport Improvement Program is to ensure that the new facilities are designed and developed in a way that creates a single, seamless environment for passengers.

The components of the Airport Improvement Program are segregated into four geographic areas: (i) Terminal (between the curbfront and aircraft); (ii) Landside (parking structures and roadways); (iii) Airside (airfield, Remain-Over-Night (RON) aircraft parking, fueling, taxiways); and (iv) Ancillary (miscellaneous projects).

Specifically, the Airport Improvement Program includes:

Terminal:

New multi-level Terminal C (282,000 square feet)
Six (6) new bridged aircraft gates (for a total of 20 bridged gates)
Dedicated facilities for six (6) total commuter aircraft at ground level

Landside:

Parking Structure C, Phase 1 (2,000+ spaces)
Parking Structure C, Phase 2 (1,000+ spaces)*
Central Plant to provide chilled water to heat and cool the terminal complex

Airside:

Reconfigured South Remain-Over-Night aircraft parking area
Extension of existing aircraft hydrant fueling system

Ancillary:

Additional right-turn lane on Campus Drive to Bristol
Relocation of air cargo facilities and operations



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http://www.ocair.com/improvements/as...slideshow.html

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http://www.ocair.com/improvements/as...slideshow.html

July Construction Photos:
http://www.ocair.com/Improvements/as...-July2011.html
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Stage is set for John Wayne Airport noise debate

By JEFF OVERLEY / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Published: July 3, 2011 Updated: July 5, 2011 1:17 p.m.

Wrangling over the future of noise-related restrictions at John Wayne Airport is looming, and key players on the issue are arming themselves in hopes of preserving hard-won community protections.

Most airports are prevented by federal law from "reducing or limiting aircraft operations," but JWA has a grandfathered legal pact capping the loudest flights and passenger volume.

First signed in 1985, the accord pits Newport Beach and two residents groups, who aim to curb airport operations, against JWA, which says it wants to protect communities while also satisfying travel demand.
More: http://www.ocregister.com/news/airpo...noise-jwa.html

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A must see video of future TBIT at LAX
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I see.....so the thread titile has changed to include other airports in the LA area.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #57
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http://www.lawa.org/uploadedFiles/LA...20Non%20HD.wmv
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Old July 21st, 2011, 07:27 PM   #58
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101 airports ranked on affordability 2011 (Cheapflights.com)

These ranking are based on the searches on our site for the month of June, 2011. We took to 101 most searched airports and averaged the prices our users found on flights to the most popular domestic and international destinations, from Atlanta to Las Vegas and Dublin to Cancun.


1 Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB) $223
2 Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR) $223
5 John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA) $287
11 Ontario International, CA (ONT) $314
88 Los Angeles International, CA (LAX) $474
More: http://www.cheapflights.com/promos/1...dability-2011/

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Ontario officials concerned over continued dropoffs of passengers, flights at ONT

Redlands Daily Facts
By LISET MÁRQUEZ, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/04/2011 08:26:54 PM PDT

ONTARIO - As passenger volumes at L.A./Ontario International Airport continue to dip, officials are not optimistic there will be a turnaround in the near future.

For the first six months of this year, passenger traffic was down 3.3 percent from the previous year, a drop of nearly 80,000 passengers.

In all, 2.2 million passengers have traveled through the airport this year.
What has one official concerned is the drastic drop in passenger traffic for June. After months of small decreases, June traffic at ONT dropped 11 percent from the number of passengers in June 2010.
More: http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/news/ci_18620521
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I planned a trip to LAX last week and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the airport is hooked up with the LA train system (which turned out to be very inviting to those who generally don't like to pay for public transport by the way). It surprised me that both from and to the airport the system was exclusively used by airport workers. Although the systems works quite fine it seems to be regarded as poor man's transport. That's a shame. I know LA is a car city but getting from LAX to Long Beach for 2 x $1.50 relatively hassle free and fast I mean, come on.
That is something that angelenos don't take advantage of. LAX provides a free shuttle (every 15-30 min) from LAX to the Metro Green Station, from there you can connect to the other lines, as you said, one way trip is $1.50, the ALL DAY pass which allows you on board all MTA Metro Lines and buses is $6.00. Soon tho, the Green Line will be extended to LAX directly.

AND! LAX also provides the "Fly Away" coach buses from LAX-Union Station, LAX-Van Nuys, LAX-Westwood, LAX-Irvine..........for like $7.00
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