Midwest Snowstorm Slows LAX Holiday Travel

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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.

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