(Los Angeles, California - May 2, 2017)The biggest airline relocation in Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX) history is less than two weeks away. The finely
choreographed events take place as Delta Air Lines relocates from Terminals 5
and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3. The coordination and cooperation among the airlines
involved has been impressive and mirrors the importance that Los Angeles World
Airports (LAWA) places on the guest experience at LAX. The end result will be
more efficient airline operations between partner carriers, and planned
facility improvements for Terminals 2 and 3.
The activity taking place on the nights of May 12,
14 and 16, into the early morning hours the following day, has been planned for
nearly a year. It is part of a larger effort that began when American Airlines
and Delta Air Lines swapped four gates in Terminals 5 and 6 at the end of
January.Each night, when the airlines
that are moving have completed their operations they will begin the process of
moving equipment to their new home, where they will begin operations the next
morning. In many cases this means aircraft will be towed from one terminal to
another, ground service equipment and entire offices will change places in the
early hours of the morning.Delta will
move portions of its operations on each of the three nights - May 12, 14,
16.Delta will operate from as many as
four terminals between May 13 and 16. The remaining airlines will move on one
day, and start in their new location the next morning.Extra staff and volunteers will be on hand to
help guests find their way around.
There will be a moratorium on construction in the
Central Terminal Area (CTA) during the week of the moves.While that week will be most busy, passengers
using LAX should always plan ahead to navigate sidewalk and vehicle lane
closures and in-terminal work.Construction
alerts showing Central Terminal Area (CTA) roadway lane restrictions and
sidewalk closures, as well as a pedestrian walking map and helpful airline
terminal finder, can be found at
.LAX provides real-time traffic status in and
around the CTA, and space availability in the terminal area parking garages and
Lot C on Waze, the community-based traffic reporting app.
Is Your Airline Moving?
Passengers can expect more activity in the CTA than
usual, and should plan to arrive earlier normal, when flying between May 12 and
the end of the month as they become accustomed to the airlines' new locations.
Moving on May 12-13 are:
Allegiant, Frontier and Sun Country (from Terminal
3 to Terminal 5), Boutique Air and Virgin America (from Terminal 3 to Terminal
6), and Virgin Australia (moving from Terminal 3 to TBIT (passengers bused from
T2 to TBIT for check in, with flights continuing to depart from TBIT). Additionally, Volaris will move its aircraft
from Terminal 2 to TBIT. Check-in will
continue at Terminal 2 and passengers will access their flights via
post-security bus service to TBIT.
Moving on May 14-15 are:
Avianca and Interjet (from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3
for check-in, with passengers walking to TBIT to catch their flights) and
Spirit (from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5).
Moving on May 16-17 are:
Air Canada (from Terminal 2 to Terminal 6),
Hawaiian (from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5) and JetBlue (from Terminal 3 to
The final change will be XL France, which will move
from Terminal 2 to Terminal 6 when it resumes seasonal service June 4.
More information on the upcoming changes, including
a fact sheet listing the affected airlines and a map showing the locations as
of May 17, 2017, is available at
Roadway Impacts in and near the CTA:
A pickup and drop-off area for parking shuttles and Lot C buses opened in mid-April on the Upper/Departures Level
The main construction
area at Terminal 1 has shifted to the center of the building, with
continued impact to the drop-off lane on the Upper/Departure Level.Barricades were moved further west in
early April, while a new pickup and drop-off area for parking shuttles and
the Lot C ONLY opened on the eastern end of the terminal.Private vehicles are not allowed to drop
off in this space and should continue to the west end of Terminal 1.During busy travel times such as early
morning and midday, passenger drop-off can cause traffic backups on the
roads leading into the CTA, affecting access to all other terminals.To avoid traffic congestion at LAX from
early morning to 2 p.m., motorists are asked to use the Lower/Arrivals Level
to drop off passengers, who can take elevators, escalators or stairs up to
the Upper/Departures Level. Additional roadway impacts in and near
the CTA include:
Rolling closures may be
needed overnight in the CTA for the installation and updating of terminal
Work to install metal
panels on the elevator towers at Parking Structures 1 and 3 may require
the closure of the left-most lane Monday-Saturday mornings on the
Lower/Arrivals Level through May.
Caltrans work to
seal bridges on Interstate 105 in the LAX area will result in some lane
and access ramp closures Monday-Friday nights from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the
A new Security Screening Check Point area opened in Terminal 1 in early April.
Phase 2 of Southwest Airlines' $509-million
Terminal 1 Renovation Project has shifted to the central part of the terminal,
including the installation of a new restroom and food court at the former Security
Screening Check Point.The new screening
area opened in April, with ticketed passengers using a tunnel to bypass
construction.The current food court and
Gate 10 will remain open, with passengers directed around construction.In the baggage claim area, passengers will be
directed to the right when they reach the bottom of the escalators.The pedestrian bridge connecting Parking
Structure 1 and the terminal is closed, with signs placed to direct
passengers.The restrooms on the
ticketing level have been temporarily replaced by all-genderrestrooms on the western side of the lobby.Passengers may also use restrooms located on
the Lower/Arrivals Level or in the terminal beyond passenger security
screening.Gate 18B is expected to
reopen later this month, at which time Gate 14 will be taken out of service for
upgrades. Gates 18A, 16A and 16B are temporarily closed.Westfield is phasing in new concessions.Water-bottle fillers are available in lower
level baggage claim and on the upper level near the concourse restrooms behind California
Delta Air Lines will operate
from Terminals 2 and 3 starting in mid-May, joined in T2 by Aer Lingus,
Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet. Also starting in mid-May, passengers
on Virgin Australia and Volaris will check in at T2 and travel by bus to the
Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Delta Air Lines will relocate some operations
to Terminal 3 beginning May 13, a precursor to its plans for a massive
renovation.Copa Airlines passengers
check in at Terminal 3 and walk next door to the Tom Bradley International
Terminal for their flights. As of May 15, Avianca and InterJet passengers will
do likewise.A food court, including Shake
Shack, LA Life and a new Starbucks location, will open later this year. La
Familia, a restaurant and tequila spot, will begin construction with opening set
in late 2017.
Tom Bradley International
Renumbered Gates 137, 139 and 141 will open on the
north end of TBIT in early May. Gates 131 is closed for construction of improvements
to the baggage handling facility, and Gate 132 will close in mid-May for work related
to the Midfield Satellite Concourse.Passengers using Terminals 4-8 are able to
access shops and restaurants in TBIT without having to clear security a second time
by using the Terminal 4 Connector.
American Airlines continues the multi-million
dollar renovation of the Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge and further upgrades
to terminal signage.
Delta's mid-May move to Terminals 2 and 3, Allegiant, Frontier, Hawaiian,
JetBlue, Spirit and Sun Country will relocate operations to Terminal 5, along
with American Airlines.The bus to the
American Eagle terminals leaves from Gate 52.
Peet's Coffee will open on the concourse near the escalators to the tunnel in Terminal 6 this month.
Virgin America, Air Canada and Boutique
Air will begin operations from Terminal 6 in mid-May, joining Alaska
Airlines.XL Airways France will
move to Terminal 6 when it resumes seasonal service in early June.A Peet's Coffee store is under
construction and will open this month.
United Airlines is continuing its
$573-million Terminal 7/8 Renovation Project scheduled for completion in early
2018. A new pair of escalators leads
passengers from the concourse to baggage claim, with the old escalators
permanently closed for demolition.A new
Baggage Carousel 1 will open later this month, with United Baggage Service
office temporarily located near the new restrooms on the west end of the
baggage claim area.The bridge from
Parking Structure 7 is closed through May for elevator demolition and
construction. Access to the parking
structure is available on the Lower/Arrivals Level.Two new elevators are being constructed near
the bridge and expected to open in May.Gates
72, 75A and 80 have reopened, with Gates 74 and 75B now closed for renovations.A new
men's restroom has opened between Gates 72 and 74 while the women's restroom
between Gates 75A and 75B is closed for renovation.
A new baggage carousel is scheduled to open later this month in Terminal 7.
Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and
As part of Southwest's
Terminal 1 Renovation Project, portions of the sidewalk on the
Upper/Departures Level will be closed through 2017 with pedestrians routed
around barricades.A portion of the
drop-off lane will be sectioned off to serve as a walking path while
construction barricades are shifted westward.
Work on the west
side elevators at Parking Structure 3 has temporarily closed a portion of
the sidewalk.A detour leads
passengers safely to the crosswalk to reach Terminal 3. Signs direct passengers to other
elevators in the parking structure.
The top level of
Parking Structure 3 will be closed for waterproofing from early May until
between Parking Structure 3 and TBIT on the Lower/Arrivals Level has
bollards have been installed on the Upper/Departures Level, and sidewalks
The elevators on
the west side of Parking Structure 7 have reopened following renovation.
routed to a bump-out sidewalk on the Upper/Departures Level at Terminal 7
while the sidewalk is widened.A
175-foot-long barricade exists along the easternmost sidewalk on the
Upper/Departures Level of Terminals 7/8 through 2017.
Landside Access Modernization Program
To improve the passenger experience, relieve
congestion and enhance LAX's status as a world-class airport, Los Angeles World
Airports has proposed the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The
program, which includes an Automated People Mover for access to the CTA, a
Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center and connection to Metro light-rail service,
requires federal and local approval as part of the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Thus far, some exploratory work, such as
geotechnical surveying, has taken place.Crews are expected to begin installing survey markers in the CTA in the
Please note that all dates provided in this notice
are subject to change.
Traffic alerts and current airport conditions are posted on
LAX's social media sites at
.A construction hotline at (310)
649-LAWA or (310) 649-5292 is also available.Real-time traffic conditions in and around the airport are available at
and by following @LAAirportPDon Twitter.
Motorists can help reduce
traffic congestion in and around LAX by taking shared-ride public
transportation to and from LAX, including the inexpensive and convenient
FlyAway® bus service to and from Hollywood, Long Beach, Metro Orange Line Bus
stop (in San Fernando Valley), Union Station, Van Nuys and Westwood.If picking up passengers, motorists can use
the free LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot at the intersection of 96th Street and
Vicksburg Avenue, next to the entrance of LAX Economy Parking Lot C.
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
is the fourth busiest passenger
airport in the world, second in the United States, and was named Skytrax' 2017
Top 10 Most Improved Airports. LAX served more than 80.9 million
passengers in 2016 an increase of almost
8 percent from last year.As
of March 2017, LAX offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 91 U.S. cities and
1,220 weekly nonstop flights to 78 international destinations in 41 countries
on 66 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and
fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million
tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 697,138
operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2016.
An economic impactanalysis based on 2014 activity,found LAX generated more
than 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3
billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion to the Greater Los Angeles region. The economic benefits of LAX added
$6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax
revenues. The analysis
also reported that LAX's ongoing capital-improvement program creates an
additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic
output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6
billion in federal tax revenues.
LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van
Nuys, one of the busiest general
aviation facilities in the U.S. – that are owned and operated by Los
Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles
that receives no funding from the City's general fund.
more information about LAX, please visit
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