Passengers Beware: Delta Airlines And Others Will Move Terminals At LAX This Weekend In A Massive Undertaking

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Delta Airlines just began the first steps of moving from Terminals 5 and 6 at Los Angeles International Airport in the late hours of Friday evening, expected to stretch over the next five days.

The relocation will impact 15 airlines during the one-week move period and Delta advises their passengers to arrive early for their flights which might indeed be a good idea.

Moving operations at an airport, let alone on such a massive scale, is never easy and LAX isn’t exactly known for it’s smooth running infrastructure either. Nevertheless it’s absolutely necessary to modernize the aging airport and this can’t come without such inconveniences as all airlines scramble to move to their new home.

You can access the Delta News Hub here with detailed information about the project and progress.

Delta Air Lines’ relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 from Terminals 5 and 6 at Los Angeles International Airport begins the evening of Friday, May 12, and is expected to be complete in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 17. When complete, Delta and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will have orchestrated one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation. Customers traveling during the move should plan ahead.

The relocation will impact 15 airlines during the one-week move period, and 21 airlines total will move to different terminals. The move 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 (TBIT) at LAX over the next seven years. …

Delta’s relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 required an extensive construction effort, which included building new baggage systems and offices, employee lounge areas, ramp offices and IT systems for all of the airlines moving into Terminals 5 and 6 and for Delta’s new space in Terminals 2 and 3.

At the moment Delta is trying to follow the schedule as published and will inform customers accordingly if there are further delays impacting their operations at LAX.

This is the current schedule:

The relocation will begin the evening of Friday, May 12, and will continue with additional overnight moves on May 14 and May 16, with a scheduled completion of May 17. On certain days of the move, Delta will operate out of as many as four terminals:

  • Saturday, May 13: Terminals 3, 5 and 6
  • Sunday, May 14: Terminals 3, 5 and 6
  • Monday, May 15: Terminals 2, 3, 5 and 6
  • Tuesday, May 16: Terminals 2, 3, 5 and 6
  • Wednesday, May 17: Terminals 2 and 3

As a small apology for the trouble and confusion Delta will provide their passengers with small goodies in the departure area of the new terminals.

Delta will give customers impacted by the move a moment of relaxation post-security through complimentary, mini spa-like experiences, including:

  • Massages
  • Headspace meditation pods and one-month Headspace subscriptions
  • Cucumber water
  • Kiehl’s hydrating mist
  • Pressed Juicery mini juices with a discount on a future purchase
  • Kind bars
  • Lavender diffusers and Biscoff cookies on the airside shuttle

The spa pop-ups will be available in Terminal 5 from May 13-16, Terminal 3 from May 13-17 and Terminal 2 on May 17 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Kind bars and Pressed Juicery mini juices will be at Terminals 2, 3, 5 and 6 for all days of the move. The lavender diffusers and Biscoff cookies will also be available for all days of the move.

For eligible Elite passengers and members of the Delta SkyClub lounges there is also an improvised schedule in place that will serve guests throughout the week:

  • The Delta Sky Club located in Terminal 5 will remain open through the end of scheduled operations on May 16.
  • The Delta Sky Club location in Terminal 2 will open on May 13, and the location in Terminal 3 will open on May 17.
  • The Delta One check-in facility located at Terminal 5 will remain open through the end of scheduled operations on May 16.
  • After May 16, Delta will temporarily offer dedicated check-in space in Terminal 2 while a long-term Delta One experience is finalized.

From the looks of it all it appears Delta has made up a proper plan to accommodate everybody byt then again, this is construction paired with IT and things rarely go according to plan.

Passengers are also able to follow LAX Airport announcements directly (see here) on their LAXisHappening / LAX On The Move website as well as their Twitter account @flyLAXAirport where they currently upload pictures of the proceedings.

Since it’s not only Delta that’s moving terminals, here is the entire list of carriers making the swap:

  • Air Canada
  • Allegiant
  • Avianca
  • Boutique Air
  • Copa
  • Frontier
  • Hainan
  • Hawaiian
  • InterJet
  • JetBlue
  • Qatar
  • Southwest International
  • Spirit
  • Sun Country
  • Thomas Cook
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Australia
  • Volaris
  • WestJet
  • XL France

Some of them such as Qatar and Hainan Air already completed the move ahead of time.

Conclusion

This is a massive project and we have written previously about many infrastructure improvements at LAX Airport including recent plans to attach a people mover and better public transportation access.

In any case it’s recommended to arrive early for the departures this week and to budget additional time for possible issues as far as IT is concerned. I’d also recommend to use online check-in ahead of time and also print the boarding pass.

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