SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

August 30, 2007 23:33 ET

Busy Summer Air Travel Season Ends With Labor Day Weekend

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 30, 2007) - Los Angeles International Airport's (LAX) busy summer travel season concludes with the four-day Labor Day weekend. An estimated 825,000 travelers are expected to depart and arrive on flights at LAX from Friday, August 31 through Monday, Sept. 3, an increase of two percent over last year's Labor Day weekend.

LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) is expecting to serve approximately 83,000 travelers over the four-day holiday weekend, four percent more than last year.

At LAX, the year-over-year increase is largely due to record load factors and airlines adding LAX flights to their late summer schedules. New airlines also have started service at LAX, such as Virgin America with domestic service to New York and San Francisco, and MAXjet with service to London's Stansted Airport.

In the first seven months of calendar year 2007, LAX passenger traffic totaled 36,314,251, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year. Passenger traffic also is up 1.1 percent at ONT for the first seven months of the year, rising from 4,103,929 in 2006 to 4,150,327 in 2007.

Antelope Valley and Northern Los Angeles County travelers now have a choice of airports with the inauguration of service at LA/Palmdale Regional Airport (PMD) in June. United Express flies twice daily from PMD to United Airlines' San Francisco hub, permitting onward connections to many cities.

With airlines forecasting passenger load factors above 90 percent, travelers should allow enough time before their flights for parking, airline check-in, and passenger and checked-luggage security screening. The current guidance for LAX and ONT is to arrive two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.

Airport officials suggest passengers observe several other travel tips during the last holiday of the summer:

--  Reduce traffic congestion by taking alternative transportation to LAX.
    The LAX FlyAway's service locations from Van Nuys, Westwood and Union
    Station in downtown Los Angeles are convenient for many travelers.  The
    fare is $4 each way.  Passengers can also obtain boarding passes and check
    luggage at the FlyAway locations for an extra $5 fee.
    
--  Avoid airport traffic congestion in the Central Terminal Area by using
    LAX valet parking across from Terminals 4 and 6.  These lots are close to
    the Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 4 through 7.  The rate
    is $38 per day or $10 per hour up to the maximum daily rate.
    
--  Wait for incoming travelers at the free LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot
    located at 9011 Airport Blvd.  Parking is free to drivers waiting in their
    cars, who then can go right to terminal curbside to pickup passengers when
    called by cell phone.
    
--  Safety and security are paramount at LAX, LA/Ontario and LA/Palmdale.
    Passengers should always watch their baggage and belongings anywhere in the
    airport, especially in airline boarding gate areas and during passenger
    security screening.
    
--  With weather having the possibility of causing flight delays in other
    cities, passengers should contact their airline if there is the potential
    for storms to cancel or delay their     airline flights.  Passengers also
    can check the airport in their destination cities by   visiting the
    Federal Aviation Administration website www.faa.gov for real-time airport
    status information.
    
--  Additional information about LAX, LA/Ontario and LA/Palmdale is
    available at LAWA's website www.lawa.org
    

Contact Information

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