Los Angeles airport to build special terminal for rich and famous

LOS ANGELES // Officials at Los Angeles International Airport have approved opening a special terminal for the rich and famous to wait for their flights, far from the paparazzi and riffraff.

The so-called “remote lounge”, which was given the green light on Thursday, will be housed in a separate hangar and eclipse even the business class and first class areas available at major airports.

Celebrities, business executives and other well-heeled individuals can expect to pay US$1,500 (Dh5,510) to $1,800 to access the space, according to US media.

“I am very excited about this service for celebrity and VIP guests at LAX,” said Deborah Flint, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports.

“We are very focused on making LAX a world-class airport and offering a wide variety of amenities.”

The lounge was approved by the Los Angeles Airport Commission and marks the first such space in a United States airport.

However, similar areas already exist in London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Dubai, Paris, Moscow, Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid and Zurich, according to a project proposal.

Both US authorities and the transportation security administration support the idea, the proposal said.

The terminal will be constructed in a hangar already in need of renovation, and requires an investment of some $3 million by security firm Gavin de Becker, which will manage the project.

* Agence France-Presse


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