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The design of the terminal itself may not be world class, but the concessions in the Great Hall will be. Shops include Hermes, Gucci, Burberry, Bvlgari, Emporio Armani, Fred Segal, Kitson, Porsche Design, Coach, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, and more. Restaurant selection varies and there's no fucking McDonald's or Burger King.
 

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Personally I feel Terminal 5 doesn't need the upgrade nearly as much as some of the others, but am glad to see improvements nonetheless.

Delta Air Lines Partners In $229 Million Terminal Overhaul At Los Angeles International AirportArea Development Online News Desk (04/04/2013)

Delta Air Lines partnered with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports in a $229 million overhaul of Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport. The construction project has already begun and is scheduled to take place in several phases with full completion in 2015.

Highlights of the project include doubling the size of the ticketing lobby and federal security screening checkpoints; an exclusive Sky Priority experience with a separate lobby and checkpoint; a private VIP check-in lobby that will provide the most elite experience available at LAX; a renovation of the Delta Sky Club to include full-service bar, new carpet, tile, and additional recharge stations for personal electronic devices; new baggage carousels; upgraded facilities to improve international baggage recheck; and new finishes providing a cleaner, brighter customer experience.

In addition, 15 new restaurants and shops featuring celebrity chefs and retail brand names that reflect the cuisine, culture and lifestyle of Los Angeles will complete their phased openings this year.

"Los Angeles is a critical global gateway for Delta's domestic and international customers and we are thrilled this project, which will greatly improve the customer experience from curbside to planeside, is underway," said Ranjan Goswami, Delta's managing director of West Coast Sales. "But none of this would be possible without the great partnership and collaborative effort made by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey. Their leadership has truly paved the way for the improvements our Los Angeles-area customers are already starting to see and feel."

"As LAX undergoes a $4.1-billion modernization, we have made it a priority to improve domestic travel as well as updating our international terminal," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "By overhauling Terminal 5 at LAX, Delta Air Lines helps us ensure that LAX becomes the premier gateway to Los Angeles and to the rest of the United States."

LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said, "This is an important milestone in the continuing modernization of LAX. The partnership with Delta Air Lines is enabling significant improvement in customer service and convenience for both domestic and international travelers."

The project is funded using approximately $12 million of Delta Air Line's invested capital for proprietary improvements, approximately $25 million in reimbursements from the Transportation Security Administration for security-screening measures, and the remainder in LAWA commercial paper/long-term debt, LAWA cash on hand, and Passenger Facility Charges collections. No funds from the City of Los Angeles' General Fund are being used. The project will support more than 200 construction-related jobs in Southern California.

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Full list of LAX capital improvment projects

Los Angeles International Airport officials want to spend roughly $4 billion on capital improvements starting in fiscal year 2014 and lasting until fiscal year 2018.

What does all that money buy?

Los Angeles World Airports published a list last week, tucked inside a report to the Board of Airport Commissioners. The largest chunk of money (almost $2.5 billion) is going to improve terminals — everything from restroom upgrades to passenger boarding bridges. Other money will go to runway and taxilane improvements.

We’ve long known Southwest and Delta are getting terminal face-lifts. But It appears United Airlines is also getting some sort of terminal renovation.


http://www.insidesocal.com/aviation...-capital-improvements-but-what-does-that-buy/
 

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New terminal at Bob Hope Airport would be two-thirds larger than old one

New terminal at Bob Hope Airport would be two-thirds larger than old one
The proposed building would have the same number of gates as the existing terminal, 14, but would provide better accessibility for disabled, larger waiting areas and expanded screening areas.


The existing terminal at Bob Hope Airport is 80 years old and would be demolished after the completion of a new terminal to create more space between it and the taxiways. (Image courtesy of the LA Times)

By Daniel Siegal
LA Times
October 13, 2013

"The new terminal planned for Bob Hope Airport would be as much as 68% larger than the existing facility, officials said.

The replacement terminal would be 355,102 square feet, compared with 210,599 square feet in the existing terminal, according to information presented to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week. The new terminal would have the same number of gates as the current one: 14.

Dan Feger, the airport's executive director, said the size of the new terminal might eventually be reduced, but the current square footage will be used in the project's environmental impact study, which is slated to begin before the end of the year..."

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-burbank-airport-20131014,0,3820566.story[/URL]
 

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Now open at LAX: the airport version of the Original Farmers Market

Now open across from Rock & Brews (“serving those who rock!”) in Terminal 5 of Los Angeles International Airport is the air-travelers satellite of the 80-year-old Original Farmers Market (“meet me at Third and Fairfax!”), dubbed Farmers Market at LAX.

On Thursday the airport version of the Original Farmers Market, which includes outposts of Loteria Grill and Monsieur Marcel gourmet market, celebrated its grand opening as part of the airport’s sweeping restaurant revamp. (In the same terminal is a Ford’s Filling Station and Skewers by Morimoto.)

A bas-relief replica of the Farmers Market clock tower stands at the entrance of what looks like a food court that also includes T&Y Bakery, the Coffee Corner, refrigerated shelves for “Farmers Market To Go” items and Bennett’s Ice Cream, and kiosks for Magee’s House of Nuts, Dragunara Spice Bazaar, the Dog Bakery and the Magic Nut & Candy Co.

Of the more than 100 restaurants and vendors at the historic Fairfax district marketplace, nine were selected by food service operator Delaware North Cos. “It was a matter of taking what sells best at the Farmers Market and figuring out how that would best work in an airport,” said Delaware North Cos. concepts director Cindy Martin. “Will people buy Magee’s nuts to snack on the plane? Absolutely.”
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I've begun to feel like I might be the only person who doesn't shop when I'm at the airport, with the way terminals are evolving into full-scale shopping malls.
 

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The Noise Near This Airport's Runway is Getting Louder

By Christine Negroni
NY Times
Oct. 28, 2014


A jet landing at Santa Monica Airport in California. Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times

"SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Residential neighborhoods encircle the municipal airport here on three sides. And while it has no airline service, about 260 aircraft operate every day from Santa Monica Municipal Airport’s 5,000-foot runway on a plateau above the surrounding terrain.

From above, the airfield looks “like an aircraft carrier in a sea of homes,” says Alan Levenson, who lives near the airport and sometimes watches the activity from the roof of his garage.

Aircraft as small as single-engine planes and helicopters and as large as twin-engine business jets fly in and out of the 227-acre airport. As its traffic has increased, it has brought to a boil a simmering battle over whether the airport has outgrown its surroundings..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/realestate/at-santa-monica-airport-the-noise-off-the-runway-is-getting-louder.html
 

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Chinese firm buys Los Angeles Airport Marriott for $160 million

Chinese real estate developer has purchased the vast Los Angeles Airport Marriott for $160 million and vowed to make substantial improvements.

It was the largest hotel sale of the year in Los Angeles County, brokers said, and a sign that the appetite for Southern California properties remains strong among Chinese investors.

Sichuan Xinglida Group Enterprises Co., which has built numerous mixed-use projects in mainland China, bought the hotel through its U.S. subsidiary, XLD Group. The seller was DiamondRock Hospitality Co., a Maryland real estate investment trust that owned it for about a decade, according to Karin Chao of Asia Pacific Capital Co., an adviser to the buyer.

The Airport Marriott is one of the largest hotels in Los Angeles County, with 1,004 rooms in 18 stories. It was completed in 1972 at 5855 W. Century Blvd.

About $35-million worth of improvements are coming to the hotel, said Eddy Chao of Asia Pacific. Meeting rooms on the top floor will be eliminated to create a new "executive floor," where guests in Marriott's rewards program can lounge and eat breakfast.
http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-1219-airport-marriott-sold-20141219-story.html
 

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The remodeling of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step Thursday when officials approved the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel.

Among the proposals are a consolidated car rental facility in nearby Manchester Square and an automated people mover that will connect to passenger terminals, the planned rental car center and the station for Metro's Crenshaw light-rail line, which is under construction.

The concourse building will stand between the north and south runways about 1,300 feet west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The project is only exceeded in scale by the ongoing $2.1-billion expansion of the Bradley, the centerpiece of LAX’s modernization effort.

Airport commissioners awarded a $961.3-million design and construction contract to Turner/PCL, a joint venture that airport officials say offered the most competitive bid for the northern half of the satellite concourse. The southern portion will be handled later as a separate project.

“The 11 gates will be full as they are made available for operation,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of LAX. “Our expectation is that growth will take us there very quickly.”

LAX is on track to handle more than 71 million passengers this year and exceed the previous peak of about 68 million in 2000.

The north concourse, scheduled to be completed in 2020, will include a tunnel for passengers to reach the Bradley, where an annex will be added.

In addition, Los Angeles World Airports will have the option of adding a baggage handling system and an extension with two gates on the north side of the concourse.


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The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step forward Thursday with approval of the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing

The new concourse will stand between the north and south runways about 1,300 feet west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The project is exceeded in scale only by the ongoing $2.1-billion expansion of the Bradley, which is the centerpiece of LAX's modernization effort.

Airport commissioners awarded a $961.3-million design and construction contract to Turner/PCL, a joint venture that airport officials say offered the most competitive bid for the northern half of the satellite concourse. The southern portion will be handled later as a separate project.
http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-airport-concourse-20141219-story.html
 

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The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners in the US has approved a $4bn plan for transforming Los Angeles International Airport's (LAX) ground transportation and arrival and departure experience. The project includes a new automated LAX train to connect passengers to the airline terminals from new facilities at the airport, including a rental car centre, multiple pick-up and drop-off locations for passenger and Metro's planned Crenshaw Line station at 96th Street/Aviation Boulevard.
 
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