New LAX terminal gets the blockbuster treatment
The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport unleashes Hollywood-blockbuster-worthy bells and whistles to make your preflight experience a hit on your next international journey from LA.
The contemporary exterior of the $1.9 billion project's main structure mimics the Pacific Ocean waves that welcome travelers to the city. An abundance of natural light from numerous multistory windows brings sunny California indoors.
Cut to the terminal's centerpiece, a 150,000-square-foot Great Hall packed with dining, shopping, and spacious seating areas scheduled to open later this fall. There you'll find 31 post-security food and beverage options, including Umami Burger's upscale two-fisters, Border Grill's authentic Mexican creations, and 800 Degrees' artisanal pizzas.
After your meal, shop at Rodeo Drive-inspired boutiques and high-end retailers, such as Hermès, Gucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as newcomers to the U.S. airport scene, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, and Hublot.
The Great Hall recognizes LA's moviemaking roots with several innovative cinematic touches. A 72-foot-tall Time Tower, which masks the elevator bank, uses LED technology to entertain and keep you on time with constantly changing clock faces and images. A "Welcome Wall" and LED screens along some gate corridors display similar eye-catching imagery triggered by passing travelers' movements; and the multiscreen "Story Board," visible from most perspectives thanks to the hall's 360-degree views, displays short original films evoking travel and destinations.
All of this is just part of an ongoing modernization of the terminal, which should be fully functional by 2015. Once completed, this hub will feature 18 new boarding gates - half of which can accommodate larger next-gen A380 aircrafts - and dual-passenger loading bridges for quicker boarding; as well as upgraded customs and immigration areas, and secured corridors to adjacent terminals.
Faster service means you'll have more time to absorb the terminal's many new offerings. With all the enticing additions, you might even be crossing your fingers for a flight delay.