Delta Air Lines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) have formally kicked off the Delta Sky Way at LAX project — Delta’s $1.86 billion plan to modernise, upgrade and connect Terminals 2, 3, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B).
According to the airline construction is expected to begin this fall.
The project kick-off follows the LAWA Board of Airport Commissioners’ recent approval of the largest tenant improvement award in its history, which cleared the way for the Delta Sky Way at LAX to begin.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Delta CEO, Ed Bastian, LA City Council member, Mike Bonin, LAWA Commissioner Sean Burton and LAWA CEO Deborah Flint celebrated the milestone today at a press conference where they also shared new renderings of the future facility.
“Los Angeles is constantly reaching new heights, and today’s project launch creates jobs and forges global connections,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“The modernisation of Terminals 2 and 3 is an investment in our economy and people, and Delta’s partnership is helping to accelerate an era of growth and innovation in Los Angeles.”
“Nearly 10 years ago, we made a commitment to be LA’s premier, premium airline. Today, LAX is one of the most important hubs in our network where we operate more than 170 daily flights and connect more passengers to our partner airlines than anywhere else in the U.S.,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
“The Delta Sky Way at LAX project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in and transform the airport experience in partnership with LAWA and the City of Los Angeles. Delta is excited and proud to be leading the way not just in LA but in our hubs across the country, with more than $12 billion in airport infrastructure investments in progress over the next few years.”
According to LAWA CEO Deborah Flint, “Our vision is a gold-standard airport, and one of our strategic plan goals is delivering exceptional facilities and experiences at the same time. And even though that is no easy feat, I am confident that with the team at Delta and the partnership we have, that we can achieve that vision.”
Delta and LAWA also released new renderings of the facility today, which show the interior and exterior of the shared “headhouse” of Terminals 2 and 3; the interior, secured side of Terminal 3; and the connector between Terminal 3 and Terminal B, among other perspectives.
When completed, the modern facility will offer more security screening capacity with automated security lanes, more gate-area seating, and a world-class concession program in partnership with Westfield Corporation, in addition to all the amenities that Delta’s customers have come to expect at LAX, including the Delta ONE at LAX check-in space, new Delta Sky Club and the integrated in-line baggage system.
The airline listed other key features and benefits to include: A 27-gate complex on Terminals 2 and 3 with a secure connection to Terminal B, enabling Delta and its partners to effectively utilize gates there as well.
Brand new head house with centralised lobby, security screening checkpoint, and baggage claim
Completely reconstructed Terminal 3
A convenient bridge connecting Terminals 2, 3, and B on the secure side of the airport, as well as a dedicated baggage recheck and security checkpoint for seamless connection of international to domestic transfers, enabling significantly faster connections
* Premium retail and dining lineup
* Convenient and contemporary restroom facilities
* More access to power in the gate areas
* Modern and intuitive signage
* State-of-the-art finishes
* Emergency power generators for better operational recovery
* Connection to the automated people mover, which is expected to be fully operational in 2023
* Airfield efficiency including dual taxi lanes
* Premium amenities, operational improvements highlight ongoing enhancements to Terminals 2 and 3
Delta has already made a series of enhancements since its relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 in May 2017.
LAWA and Westfield introduced a new retail and dining lineup in Terminal 3 in December 2017.
Delta opened an interim Delta ONE at LAX reception in November, an exclusive and personalised check-in experience featuring a reception area and private corridor that takes customers directly to the front of the security checkpoint with easy access to TSA Pre-Check and standard lanes.
CLEAR is available at Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX, and customers with a CLEAR membership breeze through airport security with just the touch of a finger or blink of an eye.
The airline has also installed new padded seats in the gate areas with seat power coming in summer 2018.
Finally, expanded space in Terminal 3 for Delta Sky Club guests will open this summer, nearly doubling the number of available seats.
Delta now operates alongside many of its airline partners, including Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet, at LAX.
Later, the secure connector to Terminal B will enable seamless access to additional partners, including Air France-KLM, Alitalia, China Eastern, Korean Air and Virgin Australia.
Operational performance has already significantly improved at LAX.
From June 2017-March 2018, the airline improved its on-time performance by 16 points versus the same period a year prior*, driven in part by improved taxi times and more efficient tarmac operations from converting the alleyway between T2 and T3 from single- to dual-lane operations, which allows two planes to proceed through the alleyway at the same time. Total taxi times have reduced by more than eight minutes.