Five airlines completed their moves to new gates at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, wrapping up the largest airport shake- up of its kind in U.S. aviation history, LAX officials said.
Billed as “LAX on the MOVE,” the shuffling of airlines began Friday night and by about 7 a.m. Wednesday, 15 airlines had been relocated.
The final moves, which took place Wednesday, were:
— Delta Air Lines, which completed its relocation to Terminals 2 and 3;
— Air Canada, which moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 6;
— JetBlue, which moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5;
— Hawaiian Airlines, which moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5; and
— Southwest, which moved its international flights to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Wednesday morning, passengers were checking in at Terminal 1 and bused to TBIT, where their aircraft were staged.
As they have since the operation started, officials continued to urge all passengers to check with their airlines’ official website for the most accurate information on the location of their aircraft.
“Passengers are strongly encouraged to check in, print or download boarding passes before leaving for LAX, so they can be aware of the changes and arrive at the correct terminal for their departure,” according to LAX.
Passengers were also urged to arrive earlier than usual — three hours for a domestic flight, four hours for an international flight.
“When arriving at LAX, look up at new signage that will be updated nightly to reflect the moves, and which will identify the new airline terminal locations,” according to the airport.
“Finally, passengers are reminded to ask for help if they have problems finding their flights. More than 200 volunteers are on hand, many of them in green vests that match a green-wrapped shuttle bus that will run on both the upper-and lower-level roadways to help transport passengers to their correct terminal.”
For more information on the terminal relocation, visit http://www.laxishappening.com/laxonthemove.aspx .
The moves are a precursor to the Delta Sky Way at LAX — the airline’s $1.9 billion plan to renovate Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal over the next seven years.
—City News Service
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