Travelers won't be the only ones on the move soon at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said Friday while outlining plans for the facility to undertake the largest airline terminal relocation in its history.
Over a five-day period starting next Friday, one-third of LAX's nearly 70 airline partners will relocate their operations, many of them to new terminals. Each airline should complete its relocation overnight and resume operations in the new location the following morning.
"We need your help. So please pass this information on to your friends, to your family, to your co-workers, make sure your neighbors and employees know," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "Tell them to check in online and check in with airlines and to read those tickets carefully, because they'll say oftentimes a new terminal from what you're used to."
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Delta is making some of the biggest changes, with planned improvements of up to $1.9 billion over the next seven years. The carrier is moving operations from Terminal 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3, while also planning to build a connector to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Between May 13-16, Delta flights will operate from as many as four terminals — 2, 3, 5 and 6.
"Delta is betting big on Los Angeles with a $1.9 billion plan for Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX, representing the second-largest private infrastructure investment in the region," said Ranjan Goswami, a Delta vice president. "Our relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 is a major milestone for LAX and an even bigger step forward for the future of L.A. as we continue work on the Delta Sky Way at LAX."
Sean Burton, president of the Board of Airport Commissioners, said the moves will make the airport more efficient.
"We want travelers to have access to all of the terminals while undergoing security screening only one time. These moves will rebalance the major carriers among our terminals, which will improve airfield operations," Burton said. "That means less delays, that means less pollution, that means less noise, and a better experience for our passengers."
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He said "the next two weeks are going to be challenging, but we're prepared."