Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Delta Air Lines in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 2 and 3 centralized headhouse, part of a joint $2.3 billion project that will completely reimagine the current Delta-dedicated facilities, some of which dated back to 1961.
The headhouse, which is scheduled to open to the public next month, is the first in a series of phased openings for Terminals 2 and 3 that will later include a new Terminal 3 concourse, and in 2023, a post-security connection to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The entire project was originally scheduled to complete in 2024, but the schedule was accelerated by 18 months as the project team was able to find construction efficiencies during the global pandemic.
The new headhouse, which is part of a multi-year terminal transformation project and in its end-state will feature a consolidated 27-gate complex, will open to the public on April 20. Departing passengers will enter through the new facility that consolidates locations for ticketing and check-in, security screening, and baggage claim. The four-level, 770,000 square foot building is the latest project to open as part of LAX’s $15-billion modernization program.
The facility was designed around a modern, comfortable and seamless travel experience. Guests are greeted by a 250-foot LED dynamic display behind ticket counters. In partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), qualifying customers on Delta Air Lines can check bags completely hands-free through the use of their digital identity. An expanded security checkpoint that will feature 14 lanes will allow passengers to move more quickly and smoothly through the screening process.
The overall project will create a unified, efficient connection hub for Delta Air Lines and additional airline partners with walkable airside connections between Terminals 2 and 3, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. It also will also complete the long-awaited connectivity post-security as passengers will be able to traverse the length of the airport from Terminal 1 to Terminal 8 without having to go through a secondary screening process. Two connections to the future Automated People Mover and Central Terminal Area parking garages provide efficient and flexible ground transportation options.