• Delta Air Lines will open nine new gates on October 5 in Terminal 3 at LAX.
  • Delta has no intention of giving up its LAX passenger lead over American and United.
  • 'We want to win badly,' Delta sales VP Scott Santoro says of the LAX air war.

Delta Air Lines emerged from the pandemic as the new frontrunner at Los Angeles International Airport and the world's second largest airline has no intention of giving up its growing passenger lead over American and United at the second largest airport in the U.S.
Delta just opened open nine new gates at LAX's Terminal 3 on Wednesday as part of a $2.3 billion Delta Sky Way expansion. When completed in 2023, the renovation project will consolidate LAX's Terminals 2 and 3 into a single complex with 27 Delta gates.
Part of the Delta expansion opened in April – including a centralized check-in lobby, expanded security checkpoint and refreshed baggage claim. The new Delta Sky Club – one of the carrier's largest – is already bustling.

On the green side of things, the environmentally-conscious new terminal features a "cool roof" designed to reduce the heat island effect and conserve energy use.
There's still more to come. The Delta One check-in area for first class flyers on international flights is coming in Spring 2023 to LAX while the 10,000-square-foot Delta One Club will debut in 2024.