Airline Rearrangement to Begin at LAX
Beginning May 12 to May 17, sixteen airlines will be shuffled around the gates at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to pave the way for Delta Air Line's $1.9 billion plan to renovate terminals 2 and 3. Delta will be building the Delta Sky Way which will connect terminals 2 and 3 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
This move will be more convenient for passengers as it will bring partnering airlines closer together. For Delta, the airline will now be closer to associate airlines Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet. This move will also benefit Virgin America, moving the airline to a terminal closer to Alaska Airlines, who has recently acquired Virgin.
This moving process will not be easy, however, as the bulk of the arrangements will be done overnight. The relocation, which includes towing planes, moving computer and ticketing counters, and coordinating baggage handling, must be complete before the first flight the next morning.
This renovation and relocation process is all part of a $14 billion improvement program at LAX, which has been ongoing since 2008. Renovations have been completed at terminals 2,5, and 6 and work is currently underway to update terminals 1,7, and 8. The airport is also updating parking options, intermodal transportation, and other areas in the hopes of improving traffic flow.