Delta and Los Angeles International have unveiled the first phase of the $2.3 billion Delta Sky Way at the airport.
The development – which will connect Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX – will open to customers on April 20, and will feature a centralised check-in lobby and expanded security checkpoint and baggage claim areas, as well as a 250-foot “digital backwall” with wayfinding information in English and Spanish.
The new check-in lobby offers 32 self-serve kiosks and 46 check-in counters, with seven security lanes opening initially, and a further seven set to be operational by late summer.
In addition a new Delta Sky Club will also open next month, offering over 30,000 square feet of space including showers, an indoor/outdoor bar, and a year-round outdoor Sky Deck.
The Delta Sky Way at LAX is set to be completed in 2023, and will form a 27-gate complex, connecting Terminals 2 and 3 with Terminal B (the Tom Bradley International Terminal) enabling “quick airside connections to Delta and Delta partner-operated flights”.
Features will include facial recognition technology, six baggage claim carousels, and eco-friendly initiatives such as low-flow water fixtures, and a “cool roof” to reduce the heat-island effect and maximize air-conditioning energy use.
As reported in late 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent temporary closure of Terminal 3 at LAX allowed Delta and the airport to accelerate works, which had previously been scheduled to complete in late 2024.
Delta currently operates 140 daily flights to 53 destinations from LAX.
Commenting on the news Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said:
“Over a decade ago, we committed to becoming the premier airline of Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating a huge milestone in making the Delta Sky Way project dream a reality.
“In partnership with LAWA and the City of Los Angeles, we’ve built a modern, state-of-the-art facility that will make travel through LAX a seamless and elevated experience.
“This terminal unveiling is just one example of our many critical infrastructure investments totalling more than $12 billion across the country. From coast to coast, customers will choose Delta for leading with innovation to build the airports of the future.”