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US LAX Airport to build dedicated celeb traveller lounge

0709_LAX_coverThe board of management at Los Angeles Airport has endorsed a proposal to build a dedicated lounge to serve celebrity travellers. The board has given the go-ahead for local firm Gavin de Becker and Associates to revamp a disused warehouse for use as a celebrity traveller passenger terminal.

The security firm will develop the 4,000-metre² cargo building into a luxury terminal. The contract with Los Angeles World Airports also gives the company the sole rights to utilise an adjacent 1,300-metre² car park for its celeb clientele.

The project to renovate the cargo building requires de Becker to invest US$3 million (£2 million) while the 10 year-lease on the structure and the car park is almost US$35 million (£23 million). The firm will collaborate with airlines and security agents at the US airport in establishing services.

De Becker should recoup some of its investment costs and expenses from its A-list customers. Sources close to the airport’s board claim the firm plans to put a price-tag of US$1,800 (£1,200) per passenger on its services for each trip.

An integral part of the LAX celebrity package is set to be chauffeured transfers direct to aircraft boarding gates. Neither the airport’s management team nor de Becker have released details of when the celeb service will actually be launched.

There should be no shortage of clients as Los Angeles Airport is one of the US’s busiest in terms of passenger numbers. It is also the principal gateway to the centre of the country’s entertainment industry and many of its stars live in this part of Southern California.

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