The largest terminal relocation in the history of Los Angeles International Airport was off to a seemingly smooth start as officials reported no flight delays or cancellations Saturday connected to the giant move.
"LAX on the MOVE" began Friday night, and eight airlines will be at different terminals Saturday. When it is completed next week, 15 airlines will have relocated their operations.
Shuttle buses wrapped in green to match the vests of volunteer wayfinders are running on the upper departure level and the lower arrivals level until midnight to assist travelers who are at the incorrect terminals.
The new airline locations have also been updated on the overhead signs throughout the Central Terminal area, according to Los Angeles World Airports spokesman Charles H. Pannunzio.
The airlines in new locations as of Saturday are Allegiant and Frontier, which have both moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5; Boutique Air, which has moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 6; Sun Country, which has moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5; and Virgin America, which has moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 6.
Virgin Australian will now check-in passengers at Terminal 2, but continue to stage aircraft at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Volaris will continue to check in passengers at Terminal 2, but will stage its aircraft at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Delta is in the midst of a three-night transition from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3. Delta flights arrived and departed at Terminals 3, 5 and 6 on Saturday morning.
The moves are a precursor to the Delta Sky Way at LAX -- Delta's $1.9 billion plan to renovate Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal over the next seven years.
"Our future in Los Angeles is bright with our $1.9 billion plan for the Delta Sky Way at LAX, an unprecedented public-private partnership through which Delta will undertake the second largest private infrastructure project in the LA basin and completely redevelop Terminals 2 and 3," said Ranjan Goswami, a vice president for Delta.
"But first, we have to move into our new home. Delta has planned for this move for nearly a year, and I'm confident that our team will make this as smooth as possible for our customers. But we also need our customers to be prepared if they are traveling during the relocation."
Passengers are strongly encouraged to check in, print or download boarding passes before leaving for the airport so they can arrive at the correct terminal for their departure.
They are also encouraged to arrive earlier than usual -- three hours for a domestic flight and four hours for an international flight. Passengers should look at new signage that will be updated nightly to reflect the moves and identify the new airline terminal locations.
Travelers are reminded to ask for help if they have problems finding their flights.
More information on the terminal relocation is available at laxishappening.com/laxonthemove.aspx.
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