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Los Angeles Int’l Unveils Redeveloped International Terminal


In mid-September, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) opened the South Concourse and central core of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). With an overall budget of $1.9 billion, the project is part of a $4.1 billion capital improvements program that is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles.

"We set out to reestablish LAX as the premier international gateway, and I think we actually achieved that," says Roger Johnson, deputy executive director for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

Increasing gate capacity for larger, new-generation aircraft such as the Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental was a key component of the project. Nine new boarding gates on the west side of the terminal – each with three loading bridges – will do just that. When the new terminal is complete, LAX will have the most A380-capable gates of any airport in the United States, Johnson notes.Phase I of the new TBIT project, which broke ground in February 2010 and encompasses the north and south concourses, will add nearly 1.2 million square feet to the existing TBIT when completed in 2015. The great hall, named the Antonio Villaraigosa Pavilion after the city’s mayor, features 150,000 square feet of concessions and other passenger amenities and was designed to be a tremendous upgrade from the terminal’s previous offerings.


Runway Rehab Benefits Military & Civilian Traffic


Airmen and civilians flying aircraft into Joint Base Charleston via Runway 15-33 have had smoother landings since the rehabilitated runway opened in August. The main 9,000-foot runway, owned by the U.S. Air Force, serves both the 437th Airlift Wing and Charleston International Airport (CHS).

The 437th Airlift Wing trains and executes the only C-17A special operations capability in the Air Force. With a maximum load of 170,900 pounds, the C-17 can carry two large buses, three helicopters, one of the Army’s newest tanks or a variety of other oversized cargo. Last year, Joint Base Charleston executed more than 2,700 C-17 missions.

CHS services nearly 3,900 arriving and departing commercial flights per month and accommodates more than 2.5 million passengers each year – and volume is growing, notes John Connell, P.E., deputy director of engineering and planning for the airport. The runway improvements support the growing Charleston community and local private industry, including Boeing South Carolina, which manufactures the 787 Dreamliner.


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