Travellers passing through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) between May 12 and May 16 will find themselves in the middle of a massive terminal relocation project.
A third of the carriers operating at LAX will move operations during the five-day period, including shifting to new terminals and new ticket counters. The ‘LAX on the Move’ project is the largest of its kind in the airport’s history.
“During the relocation and in the weeks following, passengers are advised to check-in online, print or download boarding passes, and check terminal and gate information before coming to LAX,” says Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports.
“They should also arrive to the airport earlier than normal (three hours early for domestic flights, four hours for international flights). Once at LAX, passengers should check flight and gate status on flight information display boards in each terminal to ensure they are in the correct location.”
The biggest component of the project involves moving Delta Air Lines operations into LAX’s Terminal 2 and 3 as well as connecting those terminals to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. LAX travellers can seek guidance from Delta employees wearing bright green vests. A special green bus will transport travellers between Terminals 2 and 3 and Terminals 5 and 6 as needed.
All of the moves will be conducted after the last flight of each day is complete, according to the Los Angeles Times. The schedule is as follows:
- May 12 (completed morning of May 13): Delta, Allegiant, Frontier, Virgin America, Virgin Australia, Sun Country, Volaris, and Boutique
- May 14 (completed morning of May 15): Avianca, InterJet, and Spirit
- May 16 (completed morning of May 17): Air Canada, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and Southwest’s international flights
“Delta flights may operate out of as many as four terminals during the changeover: 2, 3, 5 and 6,” the Times noted. “Delta’s move is the biggest and may take multiple nights.”
Some moves have already taken place: American Airlines swapped four gates in Terminal 6 for four Delta gates in Terminal 5 in January. Copa Airlines moved into the international terminal in April, followed by Hainan and Qatar Airways.