Great airline shuffle set to begin at LAX

Between May 12 and 17, 16 airlines will be shuffled among gates at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to set the stage for Delta’s planned $1.9 billion renovation of terminals 2 and 3 and the construction of the Delta Sky Way, which will connect those terminals to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Mary Grady, LAX’s managing director of media and public relations, said the moves will be «a finely choreographed event» that the airport has been planning for more than a year.

Still, she urged flyers to make sure they are prepared before heading to LAX, both during and after the relocations.

«We’ve done a lot of planning. Now passengers need to plan,» Grady said. «We can only do so much. They need to check with their airlines.»

By far the largest player in the move will be Delta, which is moving out of 16 gates in LAX terminals 5 and 6 and moving into 23 gates in terminals 1 and 2.

Other airlines making gate changes include Air Canada, Allegiant, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and Virgin America, as well as several more domestic and international carriers.

For Delta, the changes will offer some immediate convenience for customers. The carrier will be operating only seven or eight flights per day out of each gate instead of 10 per day, according to Delta spokeswoman Liz Savadelis.

That should mean less congested gates and more operational leeway for the airline. In addition, the moves will put Delta’s LAX gates closer to partners Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet.

Some other airlines will also benefit.

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