TRAVELER ALERT: LAX Terminal Changes Affecting Hundreds of Flights

LAX Airport will be undergoing it's largest terminal switch in the airport's history this weekend. (Photo: LAWA)

Over the course of the next five days, Los Angeles International Airport will be undergoing the largest terminal switch in airport history, which dates back to 1930.

In the wee hours of the night/morning on May 12, 14, and 16, a total of 28 airlines will be shifting terminals as a result of Delta Airlines investing $1.9 billion in airport renovations.

Of the 28 affected airlines, 21 will be switching terminals for check-in, gates, or both, and 7 others will switch terminals for arrivals/departures only. Each affected airline will switch after their last flight of the day, and be completely moved in the next morning.

Perhaps the single most notable move is that of Delta, which is the airport’s second largest carrier in terms of movements, only behind American. Delta flies over one million passengers each month out of LAX, and owns around 17% of the airport’s market share. You can see the destinations Delta serves from LAX at this link.

Delta will be moving from Terminals 5 and 6 to 2 and 3. During the move, which will take a few days, the airline will be operating out of four terminals, a passenger’s nightmare. The airline recommends checking the Delta app for updates on the whereabouts of your flight’s departure. The relocation comes in preparation for the airline’s seven-year plan to modernize and connect Terminals 2 & 3 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the home of a majority of LAX’s international flights.

For simplicity, we have made a list of all of the airlines that are moving and where, and will be updating this list as the shift progresses. (All moves that have been completed are in green.)

Airline

Moving out of

Moving Into

Air Canada

Terminal 2

Terminal 6

Allegiant Air

Terminal 3

Terminal 5

American Airlines

Terminal 6 (4 gates)

Terminal 5

Avianca

Terminal 2

TBIT (T3 check-in)

Boutique Air

Terminal 3

Terminal 6

Copa Airlines

TBIT (T6 check-in)

TBIT (T3 check-in)

Delta Airlines

Terminals 5/6

Terminals 2/3

Frontier Airlines

Terminal 3

Terminal 5

Hainan Airlines

Terminal 2

TBIT

Hawaiian Airlines

Terminal 2

Terminal 5

Interjet

Terminal 2

TBIT (T3 check-in)

JetBlue Airways

Terminal 3

Terminal 5

Qatar Airways

Terminal 2

TBIT

Southwest Airlines (International)

Terminal 2

TBIT (T1 check-in)

Spirit Airlines

Terminal 3

Terminal 5

Sun Country Airlines

Terminal 2

Terminal 5

Thomas Cook Airlines

Terminal 2

TBIT (to T6 in June)

Virgin America

Terminal 3

Terminal 6

Virgin Australia

TBIT (T3 check-in)

TBIT (T2 check-in)

Volaris

Terminal 2

TBIT (T2 check-in)

XL Airways France

Terminal 2

Terminal 6 (June)

“It all comes down to our guests being informed and taking the necessary actions to make sure they are in the right place at the right time to catch their flights.” Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) CEO Deborah Flint said in a statement. “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.” She also mentioned that over 1,000 signs will be changed over the coming days to assist any navigational confusions any traveler could have.

Airlines are recommending arriving to the airport 3 hours early for domestic flights and 4 hours early for international flights.

Southwest Airlines’ international flights from LAX to Cancun, Liberia, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo will be moved to TBIT from T1. (Photo: Max Trimm / Layoverhub)

With the terminal changes, there will also be modernization projects going on in other places around the airport. Terminal 1, specifically gates 9-17B, will be updated by Southwest Airlines in a $516 million upgrade, where there will be a new TSA screening area, new concessions, and a new terminal design. This project is scheduled to be complete in the coming months.

Due to the recent announcement of the Delta/Aeromexico partnership, which you can read about here, Aeromexico will be in Terminal 2 with Delta after this weekend. (Photo: Max Trimm / Layoverhub)

Along with T1, terminal 2, gates 21-28 specifically, will be housing Delta Airlines and partners Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic, and Westjet. A brand new Delta “SkyClub” in  under contruction in the terminal.

Terminals 7 and 8, primarily used for United Airlines’ flights, is under a $573 million renovation where new escalators, new baggage carousels, and new TSA screening checkpoints are scheduled to be implemented.

Refer back to this article for updates on the airports’ operations.

 

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