As of June 5, 2014 Delta is moving out of the smaller commuter terminal at San Diego International and moving their LAX bound flights to Terminal 2 in an effort to reduce operating costs and move all flights into a single terminal, reducing the number of staff needed as the two terminals are about a ½ mile apart, requiring a completely separate ground staff.
The move will not only reduce the staff that Delta will need for its SAN operations, but the move provides LAX bound customers an upgraded pre-flight experience, including access to the new SkyClub and the upgraded amenities in T2 thanks to the recent expansion of the terminal.
The move is the first of the four carriers that currently operate out of the commuter terminal. American, Delta, and United all serve LAX from the commuter terminal and Seaborn Airways serves El Central on smaller regional aircrafts.
The commuter terminal has seen a few recent upgrades in the past year, including a new dining option and a Hudson News stand, yet these upgrades are nothing compared to the much larger and new T2 that offers three new airline clubs, great food options, an art gallery and more!
All three legacy carriers offer lounges in T2, yet their customers flying to LAX and connecting beyond cannot current access these lounges as the terminals are not connected at SAN. Furthermore, the smaller commuter terminal does not have Precheck, which means Delta LAX travelers will for the first time be able to speed through security at T2.
Will American and United follow Delta and move their operations over to T2? I certainly hope so! With Frontier moving from T2 to T1 and the expanded gate options at T2 and new remote gates, there is no reason why the airlines couldn’t maximize their operations out of T2 and provide customers with a better preflight experience.