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Virgin Australia moving checkin terminal at Los Angeles Airport this weekend

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 12, 2017

A file image of a Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER at Los Angeles Airport.
A file image of a Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER at Los Angeles Airport.

Virgin Australia will move its checkin desks at Los Angeles Airport over the weekend, with its trans-Pacific alliance partner Delta Air Lines among a host of other carriers also shifting terminals in a big week of change at the airport.

Passengers checking in for Virgin Australia flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney will have to head to Terminal 2 from Saturday May 13 (US time), from Terminal 3 currently.

After check-in, passengers will need to walk around to Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) for their flight. All Virgin Australia flights will continue to arrive and depart from TBIT.

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines is relocating from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 over the weekend, with the move having started on Friday May 12 and continuing over the the course of the following week.

Virgin said extra staff will be on the ground to assist with directions at Los Angeles airport, noting there was a bus service for connecting passengers.

“During this time, guests connecting between Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia flights should see staff and information screens for up-to-date flight information,” Virgin said on its website.

“From 13 May, transfer buses will operate from Terminals 2 and 3 to connect guests to their Virgin Australia flights in TBIT. Guests should simply provide their boarding passes at the bus gates at Gate 35 (T3) and Gate 22 (T2).”


Delta is spending US$1.9 billion over the next seven years to upgrade Terminals 2 and 3, as well as its operations within the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Flights on Virgin Australia’s other alliance partner Virgin America will commence at Terminal 6 on May 13, with operations at its existing home of Terminal 3 ending on May 12.

There are 21 airlines in total that are affected by terminal changes over the next week.


Comments (11)

  • Andrew


    Nothing better than a stroll from Terminal 2 and 3 to Tom Bradley – can always nervously sit on a bus I guess

    No thanks Virgin is a tourist airline at LA, on aircraft is great off it, give me a break

  • Marc


    I suspect I’m not the only one who can’t comprehend what you’re saying.

  • ButFli


    What is the rationale behind having checkin desks in a different terminal?

  • Dunover


    Andrew, the inconvenience is due primarily to the long overdue terminal upgrades. Many other airlines are effected too. Criticism of Virgin Australia in this case, is not honest or fair.

  • ian



    Virgin is much better than poor old Qantas with some of the worlds oldest aircraft out of LAX toOZ(747-400’s)

  • ian


    Virgins frequent flyer programme is also far superior to Qantas’s.

  • David


    Ian, did you know that the A380 is also operated by Qantas from LAX? This makes your statement a little inaccurate.

  • Suzanne


    We’re departing LAX Virgin Aust to Brisbane departing at 11.50pm, can you tell me what terminal we will need to check in at. Terminal 2 or 3 or 5. Sorry I don’t want to miss our flight. We are originating from Las Vegas.

  • Dave J


    Suzanne: Check In for Virgin is at Terminal 2, it’s a very short walk to the Tom Brady terminal after you check in.

  • Jasonp


    It was inconvenient when it was at T3, now it’ll be worse. Try making a VX connection after arriving at TBIT, and having to carry your own luggage to T3!!!

  • Rocket


    Virgin is better than Qantas… oldest aircraft in the world… give me a break… firstly, when I fly out of LAX on Qantas i check in and board at the same terminal, I don’t need to take a tour of LAX from one end to the other. Second, Qantas’ fleet is not the oldest in the world, in fact it’s one of the youngest. Average life of a commercial aircraft is about 20-25 years and Qantas’ 747s are among the best maintained in the world. If you think VA are so great, tell me what happens when your 777 has a mechanical issue and there’s only one other flight… Qantas operate multiple times daily into LAX and mostly with A380 so the ‘old’ fleet comment is puerile rubbish. I suggest you check the age of some of Delta’s 747s just retired, United or any of the other operators. I think you’ll find it terms of cycles, Qantas’ 747s are far younger than others. No questioning about how good an airline can be if it can’t even negotiate check in in the same terminal as the aircraft departs from but quick to start the Qantas bashing.

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