Delta unveiled the first half of its $229 million renovation Los Angeles International Airport last week, and while there’s no ‘wow’ factor in the upgrades, Terminal 5 is looking much cleaner and brighter than before.
Los Angeles World Airports, the landlord, is paying nearly all of the upgrades, with the Transportation Security Administration funding about $25 million in security improvements and Delta adding another $12 million for so-called “proprietary improvements.”
Most of Delta’s big changes will come in 2015, when Phase 2 improvements such as a wider security checkpoint and special VIP lobby will be finished. But I got a look this week at Phase 1.
Here’s what I learned:
The Proud Bird will not close Thursday as scheduled. L.A. News Group photo by Steve McCrank.
The Proud Bird restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport will not close Thursday and will instead remain open at least one more month, company officials said Wednesday.
The Proud Bird will still close Thursday. L.A. News Group photo by Steve McCrank.
The Proud Bird Restaurant at LAX will almost certainly close its dining room as scheduled on Thursday after 46 years in business. But there remains a chance it could reopen at some point.
Los Angeles International Airport is on track for a record year for international passenger traffic, according to airport officials.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: An FBI spokeswoman tells us Ciancia has been transferred by the U.S. Marshals Service to “federal custody” and is being held at an undisclosed location. No court date has been scheduled.
ORIGINAL POST: Suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Monday, hospital officials said. He was taken there on Nov. 1 after he was shot by Los Angeles World Airports police who pursued him in Terminal 3.
An FBI spokeswoman couldn’t immediately tell my colleague Larry Altman where Ciancia was taken, but he is most certainly not free. He was likely taken to a federal facility where could be both treated and confined.