Four mayors who worked to reshape Los Angeles International Airport turned out Wednesday for the grand opening of five passenger gates and a grand central hall at Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Richard Riordan, James Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa and current Mayor Eric Garcetti were guests of honor at ceremonies hailing the nearly $2-billion modernization. A similar celebration was also held for departed Mayor Villaraigosa, who left office three months ago after serving two terms.
The gates and grand hall, which were nine months behind schedule, will complete the passenger facilities on the west side of the remodeled Bradley terminal, a key revenue gateway for LAX.
Airport officials hope the improvements will help LAX once again become a world-class hub and overcome its slow recovery of international travelers, the number of which peaked at 17.5 million in 2005. Last year, LAX handled 17.1 million foreign passengers, with about half of them at the Bradley terminal.
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