Los Angeles International Airport’s board has approved plans
for a private lounge to be developed exclusively for high-profile passengers
such as entertainers and athletes.
Under the plan, Los Angeles-based security firm Gavin de
Becker and Associates will lease and redevelop a now-empty 44,000-square-foot
cargo building and adjoining 14,000-square-foot parking lot at the airport’s
The security firm’s client would pay as much as $1,800 per
trip to access the secured lounge area, from which clients would ride private
shuttles to their boarding gates.
Under the agreement with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA),
the security firm would work in concert with the airlines as well as the
Transportation Security Administration and would invest at least $3 million
upgrading the cargo building. The security firm would pay $34.8 million over a
10-year period to lease the property.
Similar arrangements have been made in airports serving
Paris, London and Moscow, thought the LAX plan is topical because of the
airport’s proximity to the hub of the entertainment industry.
No timeframe has been set on when the lounge would start
LAX is the country’s fifth-busiest airport, serving almost
71 million passengers last year.