Delta Air Lines and Los Angeles World Airports will orchestrate what they say is one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation when Delta and other carriers relocate from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International (LAX) in May.
The move will impact 21 airlines during a one-week period and is a precursor to the Delta Sky Way at LAX, Delta’s $1.9 billion plan to modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX over the next seven years.
The relocation will begin the night of May 12 and will continue with additional overnight moves on May 14 and May 16, with a scheduled completion of May 17.
“This move furthers our progress towards our vision of a Gold Standard Airport,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of LAWA. “The coordination and cooperation amongst the airlines involved has been impressive and mirrors the importance that we all place on the guest experience at LAX. The immediate result is more efficient airline operations amongst partner carriers and facility improvements that will be made in Terminals 2 and 3.”
Delta will have 23 gates at LAX immediately following the move and will operate alongside many of its airline partners, including Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet, the carrier said. Later, a secure connection to TBIT will enable seamless access to additional partners, including Air France-KLM, Alitalia, China Eastern, China Southern, Korean Air and Virgin Australia. Once completed, the connector facility will offer convenient passenger flows, more gate-area seating and a concession program featuring local chefs and restaurants in partnership with Westfield.