Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Delta executives, members of Los Angeles’s Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) and other key stakeholders have celebrated the opening of the Delta Sky Way project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The project represents a joint $2.3b investment of both LAWA and Delta funding to modernise one of the airline’s key global hubs.
With Delta projected to serve the highest number of domestic passengers of any carrier at LAX this winter, paired with Delta’s strong international service schedule, the project will have a significant impact providing millions of guests with efficient and positive travel experiences, LAWA said.
Opening ahead of schedule and on budget, the final section of the project, a new enclosed passageway that creates a direct post-security connection between the upper floors of Terminal 3 and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), will eliminate the need for busing between Terminals 2, 3 and TBIT.
The project’s ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the new passageway, allowing attendees to experience the connector’s time-saving convenience and with views of LAX’s north airfield framed by windows running the length of the passageway.
Karim Webb, BOAC president, said: “As with all our transformation projects, we are not only creating exceptional guest experiences but generating economic and growth opportunities for residents of LAX’s surrounding community.
“The Delta Sky Way project had a strong and impactful representation from the local workforce with more than 2,000 workers – or 30 percent of the project team – coming from local communities.
“I am inspired by the accomplishments of these workers, our LAWA team and partners who helped to make this project a success on budget and ahead of schedule.”
Ticketed passengers and airport employees are now able to journey from Terminal 1 to Terminal 8 post-security inside the airport. This update to LAX’s airside infrastructure provides new, unimpeded access to connecting flights.
Justin Erbacci, LAWA CEO, said: “Having just celebrated the opening of LAX’s Terminal 3 West Headhouse and already hearing an incredible amount of positive feedback on that aspect of the project, I know we can expect similar praise on the new Terminal 3 and Tom Bradley International Terminal post-security connector.
“This new passageway will significantly enhance the travel experience for millions of international and domestic guests. LAWA is thankful to its amazing partners Delta and Hensel Phelps and the entire LAWA team who rose to the occasion to deliver the Delta Sky Way project.”
In May, the Delta Sky Way’s West Headhouse and Delta One check-in area began providing another entry point to check in and get to security at Terminal 3. Guests can now take advantage of advanced self-service kiosks in the space, making checking in luggage and printing boarding passes simple and user-friendly.
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