LAX officials expect more passengers over Memorial Day weekend than '09

Los Angeles International Airport officials said today passenger traffic over Memorial Day weekend is expected to increase slightly over last year.

And the trend is expected to continue through the summer months.

According to Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX, about 769,000 travelers are expected to pass through the airport during the four-day Memorial Day weekend -- a 5.3 percent increase from the same period in 2009.

During the summer travel season, which begins Friday and lasts through Labor Day, 16.9 million passengers are forecast at LAX, a 5.4 percent increase from last year.

"Overall, passenger volumes at LAX will be higher due to slight improvement in the economy and airlines offering summer sale fares,'' according to a statement from LAX. "Airlines expect to handle the increased demand by using larger aircraft or adding flights on existing routes, and several
airlines are adding new destinations.''

Airport officials advised passengers to call their airlines and inquire about the status of their flights before arriving at the airport. They also suggested arriving for check-in three hours before departure for international flights, and two hours before domestic flights.

An up-to-date list of items that are not allowed on checked luggage and carry-on bags is available at the Transportation Security Administration Web site, www.tsa.gov.

International travelers are advised to check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's "Know Before You Go'' Web page at www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg.