Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is expected to see an increase in passenger volume during the summer travel season compared with last year due to a rise in travel demand, airport officials predict.

Starting with Memorial Day weekend, the airport was expected to serve about 769,000 travelers over the four days, a 5.3-percent increase from last year. During the summer travel season through Labor Day, 16.9 million passengers are forecast, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2009.

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

A number of new airport amenities and services are offered for summer passengers including:

The renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal boasts modern and brighter airline check-in and passenger arrival lobbies;

A guide for individuals with disabilities is now available on the airport Web site at www.lawa.org/. Printed copies are available at airport information desks located throughout the terminals; and

Three additional animal relief stations have been added to better assist travelers with disabilities who are accompanied by guide dogs or other assistance animals.

LAX passengers are advised to arrive at airline check-in three hours before departure for international flights and two hours before domestic departures, and to check with their airlines for flight status before arriving at the airport.

Airport officials also advise passengers to check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Web site at www.tsa.gov/ for up-to-date lists of prohibited items for checked luggage and carry-on bags.

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