LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of people Saturday were expected to get a preview of the newly redesigned Tom Bradley International Terminal during LAX Appreciation Day.
The open house of the nearly two-billion-dollar improvement project will end at 6 p.m.
The event kicked off at 9 a.m. with a re-dedication of a bust of former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
The terminal features wave-like architecture, soaring interactive media systems, and 150,000-square-foot hall for dining and shopping.
Named the “Antonio R. Villaraigosa Pavilion,” the hall houses more than 60 restaurants and luxury retail shops, including Fred Segal, Coach, Kitson, and Umami Burger.
“From the beginning, we wanted LA stores. LA restaurants. We wanted LA people. Westfield is headquartered here. We wanted this to be unique,” said outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, says the terminal will create 2,000 permanent, new jobs when it opens later this year.
She also says they’re also adding gates that can service the larger international aircraft.
“We have new, large aircraft that are coming to Los Angeles in a rate that frankly is quite fast. We have six A380s coming here everyday now, more than any other airport in the United States,” she said.