Delta Air Lines Plans Terminal 5 Move At Chicago O’Hare

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    Delta Air Lines

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    DL/DAL

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Boston Logan International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1929

    Alliance:
    SkyTeam

    CEO:
    Ed Bastian

    Country:
    United States

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    Chicago O’Hare International Airport

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    ORD/KORD

    CEO:
    Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Jamie Rhee

    Runways :
    4L/22R – 2,286m (7500 ft) |4R/22L – 2,461m (8075 ft) |9L/27R – 2,286m (7500 ft) |9C/27C – 3,428m (11,245 ft) |9R/27L – 2,428m (7,967 ft) |10L/28R – 3,962m (13,000 ft) |10C/28C – 3,292m (10,801 ft) |10R/28L – 2,286m (7500 ft)

    Airlines:
    American Airlines, United Airlines

    Country:
    United States

    Passenger Count :
    54,020,339 (2021)

    Terminals:
    Terminal 1 |Terminal 2 |Terminal 3 |Terminal 5

If you’re scheduled to fly out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport with Delta Air Lines from next week onwards, you might want to check for new gate information as the airline is getting rehomed within the airport. After several years in the airport’s terminal 2, Delta will move to the newly expanded Terminal 5 on October 12th.


A new home for Delta Air Lines

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), Delta’s existing eight Echo Gates at Terminal 2 will be reallocated to two other airlines. United Airlines will occupy Gates E7 to E14, and Alaska Airlines will occupy Gates E15 and E17. Instead, Delta will be assigned Gates M2 to M11 in Terminal 5’s western concourse.

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The existing Delta Sky Club near Gate E6 is also scheduled to close on October 11th, and it will be relocated to Terminal 5 between Gates M11 and M14. Given the recent expansion of the terminal, the airline’s new and relocated Delta Sky Club will soon be able to hold almost 400 passengers, which is approximately four times the capacity of the existing club in Terminal 2.

Chicago O’Hare was a hub for Delta Air Lines until the early 1990s. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

If you’re afraid of being lost, fret not! New way-finding signs and Delta employees will be temporarily stationed at Terminal 2 to direct passengers to Terminal 5, which is currently made accessible from the Main Terminal complex by taking a ride on the newly revamped Airport Transit System. Customer service personnel and volunteers from the CDA will also assist.

All part of Chicago O’Hare’s expansion plan

Delta’s rehoming is just the tip of the iceberg as the CDA gradually paces the massive renovation project of the fifth terminal. The aviation department also hints that more airlines will be rehomed in the following months, as commented by Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee:

“Delta’s move is the next big step in the $1 billion expansion and renovation project nearing completion at Terminal 5, where we have already opened seven new permanent gates since June. In the coming months, we look forward to opening additional building elements and passenger amenities to transform Terminal 5 into a state-of-the-art facility serving a mix of domestic and international passengers.”

Once renovations on Terminal 5 are completed, the expansion will have increased its gate capacity by 25%, and its passenger amenity spaces will be improved by about 85%. The terminal’s security efficiency would have also been improved after replacing the nearly 30-years-old baggage handling system and reconfiguring the customs and immigration facilities.

The new Terminal 5 will have at least 13 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint lanes, providing more space for TSA officers to process passengers more efficiently. Photo: Getty Images.

Renovation crews have also recently broken ground on a new, six-story parking garage that will double the parking spaces available at Terminal 5 when finished. The CDA highlights that the six-story parking garage will also offer a mix of short- and long-term parking options, similar to those available at Chicago O’Hare’s main terminals. Unfortunately, parking in Lot D will remain restricted, and Delta passengers are advised to park elsewhere for the time being.

Bottom line

The Terminal 5 renovation and expansion project is on track to open in phases through 2023. While Delta was the first announced airline for the move, it leaves room for speculation on if other airlines might be next. Though it did serve some domestic flights, the fifth terminal was primarily an international terminal with several foreign carriers and most international flights departing from it. Since the CDA hinted at a more significant mix of domestic and international passengers, low-cost airlines such as Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, or Spirit Airlines making a move seems possible.

What do you think of Delta’s move to Terminal 5? Which other airlines do you think will make a move next? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Block Club Chicago



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