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LAX tries to improve worn image with stylish remodel of international terminal

May 26, 2010 | 10:53 am

Los Angeles International Airport's terminals are not exactly known for their creature comforts or soaring architecture.

But in one of the most visible signs that the modernization of LAX is underway, city officials Wednesday will mark completion of a $737-million renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal — a portal for almost 9 million passengers a year that has not seen a major overhaul since 1984.

The cavernous ticketing center of the newly remodeled terminal is airy and better lighted than it used to be. Crowded, chaotic conditions have been reduced because passengers no longer have to lug their bags to security scanners before check-in.

New facades beckon travelers to bars and restaurants on the mezzanine level. Downstairs, the dim arrival area has been transformed with a bistro, flower stands and translucent walls that change color like the decorative pylons at the airport entrance. The floors are terrazzo.

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--Dan Weikel

Photo: Genaro Molina / L.A. Times

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