US Airways will move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport in mid-February, but it will have only one gate there, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said this week.
US Airways is now part of American Airlines Group, but it will operate as a separate entity for some time. US Airways was long scheduled to move terminals to accommodate a Southwest renovation of Terminal 1. But it was forced to give up two gates at LAX as a result of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that allowed the merger to proceed. It will be left with only a single guaranteed gate.
“Their new T-3 lease calls for them to have only one preferential (guaranteed) gate, rather than three,” Castles said in an email. “The two unused gates will become common-use gates made available to all tenants in T-3 (i.e., Allegiant Air, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, Virgin America, Virgin Australia, and USAirways) on a request basis.”
This should be good news for the T-3 airlines, who would have been in for a tight squeeze if US Airways had used three gates. Before US Airways gave up the two gates, there was talk that some T-3 airlines would need to use shuttle buses to reach remote gates.
Once the two airlines complete their integration, it’s not clear what the combined American Airlines will be able to do do with a single gate in Terminal 3. American runs its LAX operation from Terminal 4, which is not connected to Terminal 3.