Sources: New LAX international terminal scheduled to open Sept. 18

The Great Hall of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Photo: Brad Graverson/Staff Photographer

The Great Hall of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Photo: Brad Graverson/Staff Photographer

A major piece of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport is scheduled to open on Sept. 18, two sources with knowledge of the matter told L.A. Airspace on Monday.

The opening date has been notoriously fluid – for a long time it was supposed to open on Dec. 12, 2012 – and it is certainly possible the date could get pushed back. But for now, my sources assure me, Sept. 18 is a good bet.

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LAWA chief Gina Marie Lindsey wants to keep job: Read her memo to Mayor Eric Garcetti

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, is one of the more polarizing public figures in Southern California.

Her core staff seems to love her and consistently cites her chief accomplishments, like overseeing the new $1.9 billion international terminal at Los Angeles International and presiding over impressive upgrades at Terminals 5 and 6. They note that the airport was essentially stuck in a time warp between 1984 and when she took over in 2007.

But Lindsey has plenty of detractors, especially residents living near LAX, who say she hasn’t listened to their concerns, and politicians in Ontario, who say she has mismanaged L.A/Ontario International Airport.

It is against this backdrop that Lindsey has signaled her desire to stay on the job under new Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. Last week, she sent a memo to the mayor outlining why she believes she should get to stay on.

Read Lindsey’s memo here: LAWA – Mission Achievements and Goals 2013

A spokeswoman for the mayor said it will be at least two months before Garcetti decides which city department heads get to stay. Many will be watching carefully to see what he decides.

What about you? Do you think Lindsey should stay? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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Los Angeles Airports World Airports chief Gina Marie Lindsey has not yet met with new mayor

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, has not yet met with new mayor Eric Garcetti about the prospect of keeping her job, a spokeswoman said Monday night.

Garcetti, who took office on Monday, has said all heads of city department would need to reapply for their positions. Last month, Lindsey told me she wanted to stay.

“As of today, Garcetti and Gina Marie have not yet met,” airports spokeswoman Nancy Castles told late Monday night. “So, our response remains the same as what we provided you last month about Gina Marie looking forward to meeting with the new mayor because there are several important airport issues to be discussed (and not just about LAX).”

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Los Angeles Airport Chief Gina Marie Lindsey wants to keep job

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, said she wants to keep her job under Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, even though the new mayor criticized one of her pet projects during the election.

“We are not finished here at LAWA,” Lindsey said. “We have a lot going on at LAX. We certainly have challenges at Ontario, and we have Van Nuys, which is a transitioning airport. There’s a lot to do.”

Lindsey has been on a push to modernize LAX, and many of her favorite projects — like renovated terminals and a new central utility plant — have not been controversial.

But she has also championed a plan to move Los Angeles International Airport’s northern-most runway 260 feet closer to Westchester homes and businesses. The point is to create greater separation between two parallel runways, which airport officials say will improve safety and operational efficiency. The airport would not need to increase its footprint to make the change.

During the spring campaign, Garcetti said he opposed the runway move, in part because of its effect on nearby neighborhoods, and he voted against it as a member of the Los Angeles City Council. (The measure still passed.) Lindsey, who said she has not yet met with Garcetti, said the difference of opinion does not bother her.

“No,” Lindsey said. “If I let things like that bother me, I would be sleepless all the time. He’s the boss.”

Lindsey, who previously ran Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, was picked by outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2007 to run Los Angeles World Airports. LAX, the nation’s third-busiest airport, is the key facility in the system, which also includes L.A./Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport.

Garcetti takes office July 1, and he has said he expects all heads of city departments to reapply for their jobs. Lindsey said she wants to return, and said she looks forward to discussing the region’s airports with the new mayor.

“We have a lot to talk about,” she said.

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