Delta’s great LAX gate shuffle

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March 23, 2017

If you’re headed to or through Los Angeles International this springtime you might want to take note of a major move by Delta and some 20 other airlines. 

Beginning May 12. Delta is switching operations from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3. The mega move should be complete by May 17.

Once the shuffle is over Delta will have 23 gates at LAX, and operate alongside many of its partner airlines, including Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet. 

Later a secure connection will link the international terminal, the TBIT, to other partner carriers—Air France-KLM, Alitalia, China Eastern, China Southern, Korean Air and Virgin Australia.

This mega-move is the first step in what Delta has dubbed its Sky Way at LAX. 

Overall it’s a $US1.9 billion effort, one the airline says will help decongest the crowded ramp area at the airport.

Delta says all this shuffling will mean passengers don’t have to leave and re-enter the secure area to make connections.

The new space will sport Sky Clubs, a private Delta One check-in lounge and an in-line integrated baggage system.

In all, 21 airlines will be affected by the move: Delta, Air Canada, Allegiant, Avianca, Boutique Air, Copa, Frontier, Hainan, Hawaiian, InerJet, JetBlue, Qatar, Southwest international flights, Spirit, Sun Country, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Virgin Australia, Volaris, WestJet and XL France.

Your best bet if you’re arriving or departing LAX during the latter half of May is to double-check gates and terminals with your airline.