LAX recovering from flight delays amid holiday crush, weather

- Flight delays and cancellations at Los Angeles International Airport will be fewer Friday than in the past couple of days, but travelers should still check with their airlines for possible changes, authorities said.

LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady said the following delays and cancellations are being projected for the 12-hour period between midnight and noon today: 91 arrival delays and 47 departure delays; and four arrival cancellations and one departure cancellation.

"Things have significantly improved,'' Grady said. "But it will still be a very busy day today, with about 238,000 passengers anticipated.''

Wednesday was the busiest travel day of the year, and Thursday was not far behind. Grady urged people to check with their airlines for the latest flight information because of potential delays or cancellations as the day goes on.

"With the storm coming in later, it will impact traffic, so people should allow plenty of time to get to their terminals,'' Grady said.

From Victoria Spilabotte:

“We were supposed to leave I believe it was at 2:55 p.m. and here we are,” passenger, Sharon Moore, said

 

She and her husband have been waiting hours at LAX only to find out her Delta flight to Mexico was cancelled. “Our 11 day trip is cancelled because they have no other flights,” she said. 

 

It’s a holiday travel nightmare shared by thousands of other passengers. 

 

“I got a text at 5 o’clock in the morning that my noon flight was cancelled,” passenger, Rena Selya, said. Selya needs to reach her destination by sun down on Friday. 

 

“I’m flying to Indianapolis now on a red eye and I’ll drive the two hours to Cincinnati and get there in time i hope,” she said. 

 

Airport officials said at least 50 flights were cancelled Wednesday night into Thursday morning some of it was related to problems with the latest storm. 

 

Over 300 flights in and out of LAX had been delayed. 

 

Rachael Montgomery traveling with her 7 month daughter old and dog she just rescued from Mexico was caught in the mess. “We’re delayed now getting to New Mexico and we’re worried that our dog won’t be able to be put in the cargo bin because it’s going to be so cold,” she said. Traffic getting into the airport was jammed with cars at the departure level. 

 

LAX is seeing an increase of 400,000 more passengers this year compared to last year’s holiday travel time.

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