As I’ve explained before, Los Angeles International Airport is about to go undergo a huge game of airline “musical chairs.”
This is all being prompted by Delta — they’re vacating Terminals 5 and 6 and moving to Terminals 2 and 3, so that they can be closer to their partner airlines and have more consolidated operations.
Of course in order to facilitate this, a lot of other airlines are having to change terminals as well.
Over a five day period in May, about one third of airlines operating out of LAX will change terminals. Per a press release from LAX:
Over a five-day period in May, one-third of our nearly 70 airline partners will relocate their operations, many of them to new terminals but others to new ticket counters in their current home. The moves will take place the nights of May 12, 14 and 16. Each airline will complete its relocation overnight, and start their operations in their new location the following morning.
So here’s what the terminal assignments will look like as of May 17, 2017, which is under two months away:
Essentially we’re seeing Delta move to Terminals 2 and 3, and as a result we’re seeing nearly two dozen airlines vacate those terminals and move to Terminal 5, Terminal 6, or Tom Bradley International Terminal.
As a point of comparison, here are the current airline terminal assignments:
So with these changes we’re seeing Aer Lingus, Avianca, Hainan, Qatar, and Volaris move from Terminal 2 to Tom Bradley International Terminal. Some will still have check-in facilities at other terminals, though the flights will depart from there.
That’s fantastic news, since it means passengers on Avianca will have easy access to the excellent Star Alliance Lounge…
So if you’re flying out of LAX in mid-May or beyond, make sure you know what terminal you’ll be leaving from.
LAX is going to be a confusing mess in mid-May, as we’re seeing airlines change their terminals overnight. Tom Bradley International Terminal will get even more crowded, though there’s also a lot to be excited about. More airlines departing from Tom Bradley International Terminal means easy access to better lounges.
Selfishly I’m just most excited about being able to use the Qantas First Class Lounge before flying Qatar Airways on discounted business class tickets, without having to clear security twice. 😉
(Tip of the hat to @get0ffdanutzz)