Delta Plans Terminal 5 Overhaul at LAX
Delta Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced plans to completely renovate Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The $229 million dollar project is currently underway, and after several phases of building and construction, will be completed in 2015.
The upgraded terminal will bring new luxuries and comforts to elite passengers. Most notably, a Sky Priority check-in with separate lobby and checkpoint will be available for elite members of Delta SkyMiles members as well as first- and business-cass passengers. Terminal 5 will also have a separate VIP area. In addition, the Delta Sky Club is also being redone and will include a full-service bar, an increased number of charging stations, a new baggage carousal, and a redesigned look and feel with new tiles, carpets, and finishing.
All airport passengers will be able to enjoy the larger ticketing lobby and security checkpoints, which will be twice the size of the current setup. Over the next year, Terminal 5 passengers will witness the openings of new restaurants and shops, offering fine dining by celebrity chefs and name brand retail items respectively.
The project will likely have profound impact. LAX served over 63 million customers in 2012, making it the sixth busiest airport in the world (and third in the US). More than 160 million passengers fly Delta each year. The airline operates more than 15,000 flights daily to over 300 destinations worldwide.
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