PHOTOS: New $2 billion terminal at LAX unveiled Thursday

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) officials showed off some of the results of $2 billion in renovations Thursday at the Bradley International Terminal.  The new 150,000 square foot Bradley terminal at LAX is part of a $4 billion project at the airport. 

The terminal's Great Hall, which will feature more than 60 retailers and restaurants, is nearing completion, as are 18 new boarding gates, nine of which are designed to accommodate a new generation of super jumbo jets.

Some of the highlights on display Thursday are 31 new places to eat including the Border Grill, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees and Larder at Tavern, along with 50,000-square-feet of retail space featuring shops such as Fred Segal and Kitson.

Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs the airport,  said the Bradley International Terminal renovations are part of the $4.1 billion LAX Capital Improvements Program, the largest public works project in the city's history.  Curtis Fentress was the project's architect and designed the renovation.

Fenstress said Thursday that one goal of the design is to get passengers from the gates to the curbside quicker.

“We have gates that accommodate the double-decker 380s," said Fentress.  "You’ll see three connectors that go out to the planes - jet bridges - so [passengers] can get off both levels at the same time.  And you flow through a corridor that is coming through the building that is filled with daylight so immediately there’s day-lit space that you are walking through.  You can see the excitement of this building."

Fentress said the passport control area also is intended to keep people moving.

"We have doubled the number of passport control agents," said Fentress.

L.A. World Airports said LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third busiest in the United States.

With contributions from KPCC Wire Services

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