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Holiday Travel Rush at LAX

lax-travelersThe 13-day holiday travel season begins Friday and continues through January 2, 2013. Officials say some 2.2 million passengers will use LAX during that time — a 5.4 percent increase over last year.

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — It’s a full-on holiday getaway blitz as families across Southern California fill highways and airports in anticipation of Christmas.

Travel at local airports is up more than five percent from this time last year, and as many as 2.2 million people are expected to move through Los Angeles International airport alone.

Experts say travel is up nationwide as the economy has shown signs of improvement and gas prices are at their lowest for the year.

“It is so crazy right now, never seen anything like this,” traveller Janece Bell told KTLA.

Bell, who is heading out of town to visit her family for the holidays, gave herself an hour ahead of time for her flight.

“I’m thinking an hour is plenty of time — I was wrong! I was wrong!”

Officials say domestic flights are at least 90 percent booked and that this could well be the busiest holiday travel weekend they’ve ever seen.

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12/21/12

LAX Ramps Up for Busy Travel Holiday

The first wave of travelers hit Los Angeles International Airport for the start of the holiday season.  Chris Wolfe reports.

The first wave of travelers hit Los Angeles International Airport for the start of the holiday season.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — As the holiday travel rush kicks into a high gear, a snowstorm in the Midwest is creating a headache for some passengers.

More than 1,000 flights have been canceled because of the blizzard, which dumped more than a foot of snow in some places.

Most of the cancellations were for flights into and out of Chicago, which is both a popular destination and a major connecting hub.

The storm is now moving east, which could impact air travel to and from East Coast destinations like Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

There were no major delays out of Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning, but that could change later in the day.

Airport officials were advising travelers to arrive at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.

Officials say some 2.2 million passengers will use LAX over then next 13 days, a 5.4 increase from the same period last year.

The busiest days at the country’s third-largest airport were expected to be Friday through Sunday.

LAX officials said extra airport employees have been hired to help passengers get out of town without a hitch.

In addition to customer service representatives, additional airport volunteers will be roaming the terminals in red vests to answer questions.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Los Angeles International Airport is bracing for a flood of travelers this holiday season.

Officials say some 2.2 million passengers will use LAX over then next 13 days, a 5.4 increase from the same period last year.

The busiest days at the country’s third-largest airport will be this Friday through Sunday.

Weather delays in Chicago and San Francisco were causing delays for flights leaving LAX on Thursday.

Some travelers at LAX on Thursday said they aimed to leave early to avoid the rush.

“It’s just a really long trip so we figured why not leave a little early to make the most of it,” said Meranne Bhrends, who was heading to Fiji on her honeymoon.

Flights are 90 percent full at LAX over the holiday season.

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