Delta’s Terminal Consolidation Plans Begin to Take Shape

Details of Delta’s plans to combine facilities with Northwest are starting to leak out, and I’m very happy to see that the most difficult terminal situations are being addressed early.

First up, the LA Times is reporting Delta/Northwest Consolidate LAX Terminalsthat Delta has decided to bring Northwest over to Terminal 5 from Terminal 2. This isn’t a surprise, and it’s what I had been hearing. Delta’s Terminal 5, the old Oasis, is not only underutilized, but it’s also one of the nicer facilities at LAX. I couldn’t imagine them going elsewhere from a passenger perspective. With any luck, US Airways will be able to move over to Terminal 2 and give Southwest a few more gates in Terminal 1 for expansion. I won’t hold my breath that it happens, but that’s how it should work.

Over at Chicago/O’Hare, the opposite is Delta/Northwest Consolidate ORD Terminalshappening. Delta will move from its concourse L spot in Terminal 3 over to Northwest’s E gates in Terminal 2. Now I’ve always shuddered at the thought of catching a flight in Third World Terminal 2, because it is way overcrowded.

There is nothing worse than getting stuck in a delay and finding nothing but a little floor space to pass the time. Primitive societies form, wars break out, people hoard scraps of food. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But that all happens on the F gates, and Northwest is on the E side so it couldn’t be as bad. Anyone think Virgin America will grab Delta’s old gates?

Lastly, it looks Delta/Northwest Consolidate BOS Terminalslike Delta will win the Boston wars by bringing Northwest over from Terminal E to their new Terminal A facility. If you’re not familiar with Boston, Terminal A is the new terminal built specifically for Delta’s Boston operation. It has plenty of room in there for more flights, but only Continental was willing to pay the price to get into the expensive space. Now they’ll be able to fill it up even more.

It’s good to see some of the most difficult situations for passengers being worked on quickly. The LA move is said to happen by June, but I don’t know about the others just yet.

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and to add on to the intergration: DAL has already painted an NWA 744, 320, and a dc-9.


It will be nice to see NW move. I haven’t been to terminal A, but that part of terminal E wasn’t the nicest, and NW seemed kind of out of place there with all of the international carriers using that terminal.

That being said, any travelers connecting in Boston to AMS will have a lonnnggg walk.

Alexander Basek

What about JFK? The T2/T3 set-up is weak. Would they fit in the old JetBlue terminal, or at the very least, could they tear it down and start from scratch?


LAX Terminal 5 is indeed nicer than Terminal 2 — but Terminal 2 has immigration and customs processing facilities. What’s going to happen to Northwest/Delta’s expanded international routes? And partners Air France/KLM? Move to Bradley? Or perhaps arrive at 2, depart from 5?

WN Declared War
T5 at LAX also has customs and immigrations. The biggest problem is the way it clears the aircraft. Unlike many airports where customs entry is on another level from the jetway, customs at T5 means that the adjacent jetway(s) & gate(s) can’t be used as passengers walk through a corridor on the outer ring of the terminal. The corridor is between the waiting area and the jetway access. So inbound international passengers block jetway access to other gates as they walk to immigration. Previously, DL would park international arrivals as close to the core as possible to aviod losing gates… Read more »
Suzie orman

There is a small customs and immigration facility in Terminal 5 as well. It’s not clear how well that will handle the expanded international operation yet, but if the flight times are scattered enough, it will work.


I’ve connected from DL to AZ at BOS and actually the walk between A and E isn’t bad at all thanks to the (relatively) new skybridge that runs through the parking garage. I did the walk in the dead of winter and it was well insulated, with moving walkways, etc… no exposure to the elements (or high blood pressure… :-p).

Terminal A at Logan is a fantastic place — it will sure be nice to use it instead of E!!

Dan, I would imagine that passengers connecting from a domestic flight to the BOS-AMS flight wouldn’t have a long walk at all. Since it is an international departure, the flight can leave from alongside the domestic gates in Terminal A, much the way AA’s BOS-LHR and BOS-CDG flights (and jetBlue’s flights to Mexico) depart from their regular terminal areas. On the return trip, yes, the flight would still need to arrive into Terminal E, since the only FIS facilities in Boston are in that terminal, but passengers would have to exit the airside area and reclear security anyway, so a… Read more »

Any word at what’s going to happen at DCA? As a NW frequent flier, I sure would love to get out of Terminal A, but I’m not sure there’re a lot of spare gates in Terminal 2.

David M

“With any luck, US Airways will be able to move over to Terminal 2 and give Southwest a few more gates in Terminal 1 for expansion.”

Now why exactly would US Airways want to give Southwest room to grow? I imagine that pretty much every major carrier is quite happy with the current situation of US Airways’ current presence in T1 keeping Southwest from growing LAX.

MKE: It is rumored that at MKE, DL will move out of the New Concourse C (with tons of food and a nice coffee shop to be Alterra, to the stark and bare (and old) Concourse E. This is an old round structure that has only one food vendor that is frequently out of food! The reason is that there is a Northwest Club that will become a Crown Room. NW has more flights at MKE than does DL. PS: Because of this same Crown Room issue I anticipate that somehow at DCA, NW will move to DL. There is… Read more »
Nick Barnard

Hmm.. The interesting thing is there will be some DC9s that started their lives out with Delta, ended up at Northwest will now be coming back home to Delta!


You hit ORD right on the money — the E / F gates are a nightmare! I work for one of the United Express carriers and flee that terminal whenever possible.

I’m suprised DL didn’t stay put and drag NW over to them instead.


Thanks for correcting me, guys. I’ve only left from Terminal E twice, and apparently didn’t know enough.

Wandering Aramean
The ORD move is expected to be a direct swap of space with Continental, so at least the overcrowding won’t get any worse with this change. And ORD has the advantage of the WorldClub right there and no gates too far away. Out in the terminal it is a bit “rough” but it isn’t all chaos and mayhem. The BOS move is particularly interesting. Continental moved to A thanks to a sweetheart deal provided by the airport, maybe to free up space for JetBlue (but don’t quote me on that). I think that there is enough spare space in the… Read more »

I love Terminal A in Boston and seeing Northwest move over is even better. However, Continental took over the main terminal Crown Room to make it theirs when they moved in from Terminal C. I think they should push Continental out since they will join Star Alliance soon and make room for “the future”. With two terminals loaded with Delta/Northwest flights Delta could use both Crown Rooms again.


Does anybody know if the AMS-BOS Delta flight still arrives to Terminal E in Boston? Delta website and tickets list terminal A as the arrival, but I don’t think terminal A has customs/immigration. Not sure where to wait for arriving friends. :(