Delta to Make Major Changes at Los Angeles and LaGuardia Airports

Delta LaGuardia Terminal
Photo by Delta Air Lines

Delta announced recently its commitment to development in the airline's terminals at Los Angeles International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia International Airport. At LaGuardia, Delta is set to partner with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on replacing Terminals C and D with an up-to-date facility. In Los Angeles, Delta plans to relocate from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3, which they also plan to connect via a central complex.

In New York, the project is presented as part of a new lease agreement at LaGuardia through 2050. As part of that agreement, The Port Authority has agreed to add $600 million towards construction of the terminal and other supporting infrastructures. The new terminal will consist of 37 total gates located in four concourses that are to be connected by a centralized check-in lobby, security checkpoint and baggage claim. 33 of the 37 gates will have access to dual taxi lanes, greatly improving airfield efficiency and reducing taxi time to and from the gate before and after take-off. The terminal will also have a new, larger Delta Sky Club, complete with a Sky Deck, wider concourses, and larger gate hold rooms with more seating. It will also have 30 percent more concession space than Terminals C and D. There will also be direct access between the parking garage and terminal, improved roadways in drop-off/pick-up areas and curbside check-in bypass leading directly into the security checkpoint.

Last year, Vice President Joe Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia to include a new $4 billion central terminal building and a grand central hall unifying the airport's terminals.


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The construction for Delta’s new terminals is slated to begin as soon as possible.

Delta LAX Terminal
Photo by Delta Air Lines

In Los Angeles, Delta is planning to move forward with the first steps of a $1.9 billion plan to upgrade and connect terminals 2 and 3 over the next seven years. The project was recently approved by Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Airport Commissioners (LAWA) to also provide a connector to the north side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, allowing Delta to build prime space for its Los Angeles operations alongside their airline partners. The relocation from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 will allow Delta to work alongside partners such as Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

The new space will house a private Delta One check-in lounge, new Delta Sky Clubs, fast check-in for Delta Shuttle services and an integrated in-line baggage system. The terminal is also home to anew partnership with Westfield Corporation for concessions.

Delta’s upgrade at LAX is necessary, as they have more than doubled their number of seats as well as grown from 70 to more than 175 daily departures since 2009. The project also supports LAWA’s plan for an upgraded and modernized LAX before the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

The new designs for both airports are designed to integrate sustainable technologies and improvements in energy efficiency.