Delta Sky Way LAX transformation completed ahead of schedule

View of Delta Sky Way LAX terminal.
Photo Credit: Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports have now unveiled the final stage in the whopping $2.3 billion Delta Sky Way at LAX project.

This final stage has been reached via the completion of linking Terminal 3 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal via moving airside walkways.

Delta Sky Way at LAX project

The completion of this part of the project now means passengers connecting between the 2 terminals wont need to get an airside bus, which is less convenient and slower.

“This modern, state of the art facility has been at the center of Delta’s efforts to become the premier airline of Los Angeles”, said Scott Santoro, Vice President of Global Sales.

He then added, “As we celebrate this year’s long project being finished much earlier than expected, we are better equipped than ever to provide Angelenos and all of our customers travelling through LA with the truly seamless and elevated experience that they deserve”.


The last major milestone, Delta hit with its new Terminal 3 revamp project, is the opening of the new west headhouse and Delta One check in area.

This milestone was hit in June earlier this year and provides customers with another entry point to the terminal.

In the main lobby area of this section, self service kiosks can be found to make bag drop and check in easier. As for the Delta One Check in, customers, flying Delta One get to enjoy a private TSA screening lane and direct access to the Delta Sky Club.

LAWA praises the success of the project so far

Commenting on the completion of the Sky Way connecting Tom Bradley to Terminal, Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) 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”.

He added, “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”.

A brief timeline of the Delta Sky Way project at LAX

Delta’s Sky Way project has been a long time in the making, starting all the way back in 2017.

To start with Delta moved from its old homes of Terminal 5 and 6 to 2 and 3, with the move completed on the 22nd May 2017.

A year later on the 31st May 2018, the project was officially started with the intention of modernising, upgrading and connecting Terminals 2 and 3 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Fast forward nearly 4 years later to the 20th April 2022, the first phase was officially opened to customers, including the new Delta Sky Club for T3.

Above: Members of the Delta Air Lines team and the Los Angeles Port Authority celebrate the opening of Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday April 19, 2022. Photo Credit: Chris Rank, Rank Studios

By September of that year, the next phase of the project was completed with 9 new gates opening, spacious seating areas and more all fully opening by the 5th October 2022.

8 months later, and we see the second to last major phase of the whole project completed with the West Headhouse and dedicated check in area for Delta One customers opening on the 31st May 2023.

Not long to go now

With all of these phases being completed early Delta, Delta customers and LAX can now see the end in sight for the Sky Way project.

The whole team have come a long way since 2017 and the beneficial differences are already being felt by customers before the full project is complete.

With this in mind, we look forward to seeing the full Delta Sky Way project being completed in the near future.

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