Los Angeles city leaders Wednesday celebrated the completion of the first phase of the $1.9 billion renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The terminal boasts high-tech displays, dozens of retail outlets, and nine new gates that can handle huge super jumbo jets.
Airport officials say the 150,000 square-foot terminal has the most advanced media systems in North America. There's a 72-foot-tall Time Tower and giant LED screens that display high def video.
Of the roughly 60 dining, retail and duty-free stores, there are 22 local L.A. businesses. Not all are open yet.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti joined former mayors and elected officials to commemorate the completion of the first phase of the terminal renovation.
The updated Bradley Terminal will mean "increased tourism," said Garcetti. "We’re going to put our recession in the rear view mirror and get this city back to work."
Thirty foreign air carriers began operations from the terminal's nine new gates shortly after midnight. Those gates can accommodate double-decker super jumbo jets, like the Airbus 380. You can watch a time-lapse video of the Bradley Terminal construction here, and you can see more photos of the terminal here and here.
In the second phase of the renovation, the Bradley Terminal's remaining old gates will be torn down and replaced with nine more new gates. That part of the project is scheduled for completion in 2015.