Motorists picking up arriving passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) can now wait for free in a more conveniently located cell phone waiting lot in Westchester, airport officials said.

The new lot at 96th Street and Vicksburg Avenue, which opened April 29, is adjacent to the southwest corner of LAX Economy Parking Lot C and one-quarter mile from the 96th Street Bridge entrance into the airport’s passenger terminal area.

The lot has 25 vehicle spaces, with room for additional spaces as demand grows, airport officials note. Motorists using the waiting lot must remain with their vehicles at all times while they wait until arriving passengers call to say they are ready to be picked up terminal curbside.

The new location is well-lit and visible to drivers of the Los Angeles Airport Police, LAX shuttle buses, shuttle vans, taxis, limousines and privately-owned vehicles that pass by – enhancing the safety of waiting motorists, officials said.

The new lot replaces the current 79-space cell phone waiting lot at 9011 Airport Blvd., which opened in 2004 and is used by an average of 10 vehicles hourly. While signage at this lot will direct motorists to the new location, motorists will be allowed to continue using the old lot for the next few weeks until improvements begin on the property so that it can repurposed.