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April 3, 2017 Airport No Comments Email Email

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is currently in its eighth year[1] of a significant transformation, investing USD$14 billion[2] into a modernisation program across all terminals to streamline the consumer experience. The introduction of upgraded technology, efficient people movers connecting the various terminals and a likeminded partnership with Australian retail brand Westfield is helping to cement LAX’s reputation as a world-class airport and the undisputed most convenient gateway to North America.

Travellers are spoilt for choice with five direct services from Australia (Qantas, Virgin Australia, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and American Airlines) with a number[3] arriving and departing from the state-of-the-art Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

The latest updateDelta Air Lines heads to a new home

  • The latest LAX development is the relocation of Delta Air Lines from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 over a six-day period from 12-17 May.
  • In line with the airline’s expansion, the Delta Air Lines move will add seven extra gates and allow transiting passengers to be in closer proximity to the carrier’s domestic partners.
  • Virgin Australia, will be relocating its current operations in Terminal 3, across both TBIT and Terminal 2 (T2).
  • Passengers checking in at T2 for their Virgin Australia flight, can choose to walk to TBIT or take a complimentary shuttle.
  • On the Lower/Arrivals level, signs are posted in front of each terminal where passengers may be picked up or dropped off.
  • Nineteen other airlines will be subsequently moved[4]. Australian travellers who choose to travel to LAX with Hawaiian Airlines will be also affected.

[1] Out of a 15-year program.

[2] Source:

[3] These airlines include Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways

[4] Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Avianca, Copa, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Air, Interjet, Qatar Airways, Sun Country, Thomas Cook, Volaris, XL Airways France, Allegiant Air, Boutique Air, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Virgin America and Virgin Australia.

Tips for moving between terminals

  • Tip: a valid boarding pass will enable travellers to access any terminal, offering a smorgasbord of world-class restaurants and retail shop fronts.
  • When moving between T2 and TBIT, travellers passing through the Lower / Arrivals level can enjoy Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Art Program, featuring temporary and permanent art installations that reflect the city’s creative flair and help humanise the travel experience.
  • When passing by T3, stop in and try out Angel City Brewery, the iconic craft brewery that opened in DTLA’s Art District in 1997. Angel City beer is served on tap, or try one of their specialities from their small-batch roster.

About Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

  • As the LAX terminal that welcomes the largest number of Australian travellers, visitors to TBIT will see first-hand the significant upgrades.
  • Australian powerhouse Westfield has introduced a ‘Cali’ inspired retail and culinary space that has tripled in size, allowing passengers to extend their Los Angeles experience right up until they depart. Peruse over 21 retail stores such as Fred Segal, Bliss and Relay; and 22 dining spots including local favourites Border Grill or live like a celebrity at Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar.
  • Six luxurious Airline club lounges, including: Qantas Lounge, One World Alliance Lounge, Star Alliance Lounge, L.A. International Lounge, Emirates First and Business Class Lounge and the Korean Air Lounge.

Tips for travellers during the transformation of LAX:

  • Check-in online, print a boarding pass and confirm terminal and gate number with your airline before coming to LAX.
  • When entering the airport, look for signs directing you to the correct terminal.
  • Once at LAX, check flight and gate status on display boards in each terminal.
  • Plan ahead and allow extra time for walking. Some flights have check-in at one terminal with departure from another.
  • After check-in, some airlines will bus passengers to a different terminal for departure.

Information about the move will also be available on social media. Follow the hashtag #LAXontheMove on Twitter @flyLAXairport and @LAAirportPD, on Facebook at LAInternationalAirport, and Instagram at flylaxairport.

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