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labor day weekend travelers expected to break record at los angeles internationa


another holiday weekend, another record set to be broken at los angeles international airport.lax officials predict 888,000 travelers will fly through the airport over the labor day holiday weekend, a 4.1% increase over last year’s total and a new record for the nation’s second-busiest airport.friday and monday are expected to be the busiest days of the holiday period, with about 239,000 travelers friday and 236,000 expected monday.the fresh high comes as no surprise. the airport and los angeles county have been setting records for travel and tourism for the last few years.the airport predicted a record 25.6 million passengers would use lax over the entire summer, a 2.7% increase over the same period in 2016. the memorial day weekend was also forecast to have a record 895,371 visitors, a 5






holiday travelers jam los angeles international airport


more than a quarter of a million passengers were expected to catch flights to or from los angeles international airport on saturday, part of the 4.35 million travelers expected at the airport during the holiday season.“it is the busiest day of this holiday season and one of the busiest days of the year," said stephanie sampson, a spokeswoman for los angeles world airports, the city agency that runs the facility.about 253,000 passengers were expected to come through lax on saturday. the overall estimate for the holiday period is 0.9% above last year's record of 4.31 million passengers, according to airport officials.the 19-day holiday period began friday and continues through jan. 2.the slowest days are predicted to be christmas eve, christmas day and new year's eve, with between 205,000 an






los angeles airport to get scanners to speed up security


los angeles — los angeles international airport will be getting new fingerprint and iris scanners for p engers who want to speed through security lines.the los angeles times reports urday (http://lat.ms/2jh5uzi ) that biometric screening company clear will install kiosks by the end of march in los angeles and at atlanta hartsfield-jackson international airport and minneapolis-st. paul international airport.the company's kiosks can confirm a traveler's identification in seconds. p engers must pay an annual $179 fee to enroll and use the system.clear chief administrative officer david cohen says travelers who use the kiosks can head more quickly to the transportation security administration's screening.the company already operates in airports in san francisco, washington and new york.






airport to provide therapy dogs for stressed travelers


windsor locks, conn. (ap) — a connecticut airport is giving stressed travelers the chance to hug a therapy dog during the holiday season.officials at bradley international airport in windsor locks say their six-month pilot program with the dogs was popular among passengers. now, people can cuddle with the dogs in the airport concourse two days a week.the dogs and their handlers are provided at no cost by massachusetts-based bright spot therapy dogs. founder cynthia hinckley says the dogs help lower people’s blood pressure.wvit-tv reports the dogs could be at the airport every day pending the program’s success.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






chicago airports expect nearly 2 million holiday travelers


chicago (ap) — nearly 2 million passengers are expected to travel through chicago’s international airports during the thanksgiving holiday.the chicago department of aviation said tuesday that o’hare and midway airports will be among the busiest in nation over the next week. sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day at both airports.aviation commissioner ginger evans says the airports are prepared to provide a “safe and efficient experience” for travelers.the department is encouraging passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their departure time for domestic flights, and three hours early for international travel.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksevans says the passenger volume at both airports is expected to be up slightly compared with las






behind the scenes at msp airport


photography465933093 thursday and friday are among the busiest of the holiday travel season at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport. msp is a 24/7 city unto itself, but who are its night dwellers? who shovels the tarmac after midnight, bakes the croissants, swabs the toilets and drives the cabs? we interview all, including stranded passengers and travelers who just want to get to the airport extra early. shareemailprintmoreshare on:share on linkedinshare on google+share on pinterestcopy shortlink:purchase: order reprint december 23, 2017 — 12:28am






half the spaces in lax's cheapest parking lot are disappearing. no word on when


los angeles international airport is removing about half the parking spaces at the airport’s least expensive parking lot, lot c, because of construction work related to the airport’s modernization plan.lax is removing 1,230 parking spaces starting wednesday and will remove an additional 880 starting dec. 8. the spaces will be reconfigured and re-striped as part of the airport’s massive upgrade, lax spokesman frederick badlissi said wednesday.but badlissi could not say how many spaces would return and when the lot’s face lift would be completed.lot c, at 6221 w. 96th st. outside the main terminal area, charges $12 a day for parking. travelers then hop on a free shuttle to get to the airport. parking lots near airport terminals charge $30 a day.more than 2,000 parking spaces at lot c will re






parking costs at lax rank in the middle among major u.s. airports


complain all you want about the mind-numbing traffic congestion you must navigate to get to los angeles international airport, but at least the parking rates are modest.relatively speaking.a study of parking rates at the nation’s 30 biggest airports found that lax ranked in the middle, below more costly airports including san diego international and san francisco international.the nation’s most expensive airport parking is at new york’s laguardia international airport, where travelers pay $59 for daily short-term parking and $39 for daily long-term parking, according to a study by travelbank, a travel and expense app.the least expensive parking is at orlando international airport in florida, where fliers pay $17 a day for short-term parking and $10 a day for long-term parking, according to






flight delays expected as sfo continues runway construction


san francisco — if you’re traveling to or from san francisco international airport this weekend, beware.the airport is warning of significant flight delays and possible cancellations as the airport continues work on one of its longest runways.sfo has been repaving its second-longest runway while also upgrading its runway lights, building a secondary taxiway and realigning an existing taxiway — all efforts to improve operational efficiency. but while work was originally slated to halt this holiday weekend, it is scheduled to close runway 28l after another weekend of work was canceled because of high winds.the closure of the long runway will begin at 10 p.m. friday, and it will re-open on monday at 8 a.m. airport officials said in a status report that the arrival capacity at sfo will be “sig






oakland airport offers free parking for travelers to europe


oakland — oakland international airport has added a slew of new international flights, and it is enticing travelers to use them with an offer for free parking.throughout the summer, travelers flying non-stop to any of the european destinations that depart from oakland can park for free.there is a catch — the free parking only lasts up to five days, shorter than many international visits, and travelers must fly round trip on the european routes, which include azores airlines’ flight to the azores, british airways’ flight to london-gatwick, level airline’s trip to barcelona, or norwegian flights to barcelona, copenhagen, oslo, stockholm and london-gatwick.still, it’s a $120 value to five days of free parking, and travelers who are continuing on to other parts of europe can still use the deal






mini-horses will appear at this kentucky airport just in time for derby day


young fillies will compete friday at the kentucky oaks, a run-up to the kentucky derby. little horses also will strut their stuff friday — off the track at a kentucky airport.miniature therapy horses at cincinnati/northern kentucky international airport (cvg) in hebron, ky., are the only horses in america to greet travelers, allay their anxiety and pose for photos (do they have a choice?)the airport started the animal program a year ago to help anxious fliers relax a bit.“we did a test visit with one or two horses, and passengers loved it,” airport spokeswoman mindy kershner said.the mini-horses are certified therapy animals from the nonprofit seven oaks farm in ross, ohio. (that’s the organization’s lisa moad in the photo above.) they appear twice a month at the airport, usually before th






added flights, destinations boost oakland airport passenger traffic – the mercur


oakland — passenger activity at the oakland international airport increased by 14 percent in may compared to the same month last year, airport officials said.that increase is based on there being 12 percent more flights and 13.5 percent more seats available than at the same time last year, according to airport officials.those strong traffic numbers mean oakland international is expected to record one of its busiest summer travel seasons in a decade, they said.officials said international traffic volume increased by 91 percent in  may compared to last year, reflecting added flights and destinations by norwegian, southwest airlines and british airways.“for the last three and a half years, oakland’s passenger volume has increased each month when compared to the year prior,” port of oakland di






msp airport braces for the holiday travel rush


the angel food bakery & donut bar baked nearly 400 doughnuts and crullers between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. in anticipation of the friday morning crush of holiday travelers at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport.on the tarmac outside, baggage handlers swarmed near the belly of late-arriving jets to unload luggage as passengers awaiting to deplane peered out through porthole-like windows. as morning approached, slumbering passengers with early-morning connections stirred in terminal 1 for what travel experts say would be a second day of record crowds.the industry group airlines for america predicted some 51 million people across the country would take to the skies this holiday season between dec. 15 and jan. 4, up 3.5 percent over last year. the group said dec. 21, 22 and 26 would likel






msp airport works around clock to prepare for holiday travel rush


the angel food bakery & donut bar baked nearly 400 doughnuts and crullers between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. in anticipation of the friday morning crush of holiday travelers at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport.on the tarmac outside, baggage handlers swarmed near the belly of late-arriving jets to unload luggage as passengers awaiting to deplane peered out through porthole-like windows. as morning approached, slumbering passengers with early-morning connections stirred in terminal 1 for what travel experts say would be a second day of record crowds.the industry group airlines for america predicted some 51 million people across the country would take to the skies this holiday season between dec. 15 and jan. 4, up 3.5 percent over last year. the group said dec. 21, 22 and 26 would likel






lax is tops for flight delays during the thanksgiving holiday – la times


still, no matter how many delays are reported at lax, the airport will be packed with frustrated travelers. lax is expected to serve 2.38 million fliers during the 11-day holiday period, up 2.3% over the same period last year, according to lax officials.






lax lets you report a dirty bathroom with a text


los angeles international airport is the second busiest airport in the nation, but when it comes to customer satisfaction, well, let’s just say it doesn’t rank that high.lax placed 86th in the world, according to the latest survey of 19 million travelers around the world by the skytrax world airport awards.lax officials hope to improve the airport’s standing with customers by launching a three-month pilot program that allows travelers to notify cleaning crews about a dirty bathroom via a smartphone text.“we’ve heard our guests loud and clear that our restroom facilities are a high priority,” deborah flint, chief executive of los angeles world airports, said in a statement.travelers can notify a cleaning crew by texting “lax4u” and the location number of the bathroom or by scanning a barcod






celebrities now get private treatment at lax


los angeles — sorry, paparazzi. celebrities who are sick of being stalked by photographers at los angeles international airport can now find some privacy — not to mention luxury — at a new terminal.the $22 million facility called the private suite opened monday and offers an exclusive entrance, one-on-one security screening and plush lounges.and when it’s time to actually catch the flight, privileged travelers get a private car ride across the tarmac to the aircraft, head-of-state style.the terminal is available to anyone who can afford fees up to $3,500 for a domestic flight or $4,000 for an international flight. annual memberships are also available.the terminal was built by a security consulting firm that says it will generate $35 million in revenue for the airport over the next nine ye






with delta relocation at lax, airline's ceo hopes to win over more los angeles f


two weeks before delta air lines launches what may be the biggest relocation operation in airport history, chief executive edward bastian flew into los angeles to discuss the competition, president trump’s travel ban and how far his company has come 10 years after emerging from bankruptcy.given that airlines are now under heavy public-opinion fire following several recent high-profile incidents, this may seem like a bad time to start a potentially chaos-inducing round of musical chairs, only using terminal gates at los angeles international airport. but bastian said the jump from one side of the airport to the other is part of the carrier’s plan to serve travelers better.from may 12 until may 17, delta will be moving its lax operations from terminals 5 and 6 to terminals 2 and 3, forcing 1






chicago airports expect more than 5.2m holiday travelers


chicago (ap) — chicago aviation officials say they expect more than 5.2 million travelers to pass through o’hare and midway international airports this holiday season.the chicago department of aviation said tuesday that the number of travelers is expected to increase over last year’s holiday season and passenger volume is projected to be the highest on record for chicago’s airports. the holiday travel season started dec. 15 and goes through jan. 4.aviation officials say they expect the busiest single day to be friday, with 225,000 passengers at o’hare and more than 70,000 passengers at midway. officials say more than 4.1 million passengers are expected at o’hare throughout the holiday season, up 3.5 percent over last year. more than 1 million passengers are expected at midway, up about 2 p






free oakland airport parking for european travel


heading to europe from oakland international airport this summer? oak’s “fly europe park free” deal gives international travelers up to five days of free parking in the airport’s daily lot. normally, that would set you back $120. the offer covers travelers headed for eight destinations, including london-gatwick via british airways and barcelona and oslo via norwegian, and flying nonstop between may 29 and august 15.go to www.oaklandairport.com/parkfree to register, download and print a parking coupon. (psst, there are other parking discount offers on that site, too, without destination restrictions.) when you return from your trip, hand the coupon, parking ticket and printed airline itinerary to the cashier.






oakland airport's new flights drive record passenger traffic


oakland — oakland international airport’s surge in passenger traffic continues, thanks to increased travel to and from the east bay and its increase in new flight routes at the airport.the airport reported 1,008,886 airline passengers for the month of march, a 4.8 percent increase over march 2016. it is the first time passenger traffic at the airport surpassed 1 million visitors for the month of march in a decade.the airport attributes it mostly to its surge in international flights. international operations increased by 73 percent over the same period last year. southwest airlines began its first international routes — to los cabos and puerto vallarta, mexico — from oakland in february. the airport also saw new service launch from norwegian air from oakland to copenhagen and a route to lo






biggest south african airport probes possible insider crimes


johannesburg — south african authorities are investigating whether any workers at johannesburg's main international airport have helped robbers who follow arriving travelers and mug them at their homes or other destinations.the probe follows a series of reports about people who were attacked after leaving o.r. tambo international airport, a major regional hub. earlier this month, a couple from congo took a taxi from the airport and were shot and wounded after resisting a robbery attempt outside their hotel, south african media reported.the airport wants to identify alleged "airport spotters" who provide information about potential victims to waiting criminals, the airport's management said. it warned that it will take action against any corrupt insiders, whether they are employed by the ai






biggest south african airport probes possible insider crime


johannesburg — south african authorities are investigating whether any workers at johannesburg's main international airport have helped robbers who follow arriving travelers to their homes before mugging them.the management of o.r. tambo international airport said tuesday that it wants to identify alleged "airport spotters" who provide information about potential victims to waiting criminals.airport officials say they will take action against any corrupt insiders, whether they are directly employed by the airport or are employed by airline companies, security firms, cargo operators or other service providers.officials say 10 to 15 percent of the 35,000 people working at the airport are employed by the airport company.south african media periodically report on thieves who rob people who hav






report: muhammad ali's son was detained at florida airport, asked 'are you musli


a lawyer says the son of legendary boxer muhammad ali was detained by immigration officials at a florida airport.chris mancini tells the courier-journal in louisville, kentucky that 44-year-old muhammad ali jr. and his mother khalilah camacho-ali, the second wife of muhammad ali, arrived at fort lauderdale-hollywood international airport on feb. 7 after returning from jamaica.mancini says officials questioned ali jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "where did you get your name from?" and "are you muslim?"mancini says officials continued questioning ali jr. after acknowledging that he was muslim. ali jr. was born in philadelphia and holds a u.s. passport.u.s. customs and border protection officials say they "cannot discuss individual travelers; however, all international travel






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msp airport works around clock to prepare for holiday travel rush


the angel food bakery & donut bar baked nearly 400 doughnuts and crullers between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. in anticipation of the crush of holiday travelers friday morning at minneapolis-st. paul international airport.on the tarmac outside, baggage handlers swarmed near the bellies of late-arriving jets to unload luggage as passengers peered out through porthole-like windows. as morning approached, slumbering passengers with early-morning connections stirred in terminal 1 for what travel experts said would be a second day of record crowds.the industry group airlines for america predicted some 51 million people across the country would take to the skies between dec. 15 and jan. 4, up 3.5 percent over last year. the group said dec. 21, 22 and 26 would likely be the busiest.some 35,600 passengers w






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