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).
Construction is expected to begin this autmn and the project start 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 chief executive officer (CEO) Ed Bastian, LA City Council member Mike Bonin, LAWA Commissioner Sean Burton and LAWA CEO Deborah Flint celebrated the milestone yesterday at a press conference where they also shared new renderings of the future facility.
Bastian said: “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 US.
“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.”
LAWA CEO, Deborah Flint said: “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 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.
Other key features and benefits include a 27-gate complex on Terminals 2 and 3 with a secure connection to Terminal B, enabling Delta and its partners to effectively utilise gates there as well. Brand new headhouse with centralized lobby, security screening checkpoint, and baggage claim and a 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.
Others are premium retail and dining line-up, convenient and contemporary restroom facilities, more access to power in the gate areas, modern and intuitive signage, emergency power generators for better operational recovery, connection to the automated people mover, which is expected to be fully operational in 2023 and airfield efficiency including dual taxi lanes.