Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is expected to serve 2.35 million passengers during the year-end holiday season through Friday, January 2nd — 14 percent fewer passengers than the same time last year.

The reduction is in response to airlines offering fewer flights and seats due to reduced demand, airport officials said.

The busiest days at the airport are expected to be Friday, December 26th and Friday, January 2nd.

Airport officials said they are not surprised by the year-over-year decline in passengers and flights, as airlines had already announced significant cutbacks starting last fall.

Officials recommend that passengers departing LAX during the daily peak travel periods — from 6 to 9 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or from 7 to 10 p.m. — to be in their airline’s ticketing lobbies two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.

Passengers are encouraged to check with their airlines before coming to the airport because several airlines have changed terminal locations since last year. Passengers are also advised that winter weather in other parts of the country may cause departure delays.

Among the passenger services available at airports operated by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX, to expedite travel this holiday season include:

– The LAX Cell Phone Lot, at 9011 Airport Blvd., is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers a free alternative to circling the Central Terminal Area. Motorists can wait in the well-lit parking lot for arriving passengers to call by cell phone to pick them up;

– The LAX FlyAway provides non-stop bus service from Union Station, Van Nuys, and Westwood. The fares for the frequently scheduled buses are currently $4 each way for adults; $2 each way for children two to 12 years; and free for infants under two years.

– AiRadio is the only broadcast source of up-to-the-minute information on airport conditions, traffic on the freeways and roadways near and in the airport, parking, airline terminal locations and security. During the holidays, LAX AiRadio at 530 AM will broadcast live from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. through January 4th. On-air broadcasts are streamed onto the LAX Web site at www.lawa.org/; and

– reLAX Lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX on the mezzanine level offers travelers a waiting area, with refreshments and business services such as wireless Internet access, faxing, photocopying and printing. Travelers pay $10 for a one-hour use; $25 for a three-hour use; and $35 for a five-hour use.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides a list of items permitted and prohibited as carry-on items and those that must be placed in checked luggage on its Web site, www.tsa.dhs.gov/.

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