Experts say flight delays following the shootings Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport will likely increase over the course of the day and beyond. For the most updated information, airport officials suggest following their official Twitter feed @LAX_official.
Please contact your airline for the latest flight status information. FAA ground stop until approximately 4 p.m.— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) November 1, 2013
“It’s going to have a bigger effect as the day goes on. Right now, there’s only been about a hundred or so flights at LAX that have been impacted, either being held at their origins away from LAX, so they don’t arrive at LAX or flights that are at LAX with a plane but not departing. By the end of the day, it will probably affect hundreds of flights nationwide,” said Mark Duell of FlightAware.com, which tracks private and commercial flights.
According to Duell, even if the airport manages to resume normal operations, passengers will likely feel the effects of delayed and cancelled flights through the weekend.
"So tomorrow morning, they’ll be back to a normal schedule. But for a lot of passengers who are either stuck in another city or unable to start their journeys, the impact can last for a few days.” Duell said.
Nearby airports reported heightened security in response to the LAX shootings. Cassie Perez-Harmison, a Long Beach Airport spokesperson, said they weren't experiencing any flight delays and that operations were running normally, despite the heightened security.
Victor Gill, director of public affairs and communications at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, said that they were not experiencing any delays. But he said as a precaution, every vehicle entering the airport's parking structure was being searched.
Takeoffs at LAX were temporarily suspended just after 10:30 a.m., following the shooting incident inside Terminal 3. Throughout the morning, the airport's official Twitter feed warned passengers to expect significant delays:
Other than arriving flights, flight operations have been temporarily held.— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) November 1, 2013
Some flights are now arriving only in south airfield. Some passengers who were waiting to depart have departed— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) November 1, 2013
All flights at LAX today will be significantly affected today.— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) November 1, 2013
The incident has impacted travel plans for thousands of travelers. On its Twitter feed, Frontier Airlines announced several cancellations:
Due to incident at LAX, we have canceled the following flights on Nov 1: 404, 405, 406, 413, 414, 412. Contact 800-432-1359 for rebooking.— Frontier Airlines (@FlyFrontier) November 1, 2013
Flights delayed, rerouted, cancelled
Airport officials and individual airlines advised passengers to check the status of their flights. JetBlue began rerouting flights through Long Beach Airport. Delta Airlines released a statement saying that it would issue refunds to canceled or significantly delayed flights traveling through the following airports:
- Burbank, CA (BUR)
- Long Beach, CA (LGB)
- Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
- Ontario, CA (ONT)
- Orange County, CA (SNA)
- The L.A. Tourism and Convention Board has set up a toll-free hotline (888) 831-7176 to connect stranded travelers to hotels directly in the area near LAX.
- The American Red Cross has opened a shelter to assist passengers left stranded by Friday's shooting at LAX. The center is located at the Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 W. Manchester Ave.
- Airport officials say anyone trying to pick up passengers at LAX should go to Economy Lot C. Passengers will be taken to the lot by bus within two hours.
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