2M Passengers Expected To Pass Through LAX During Holiday Travel Season

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — More than two million passengers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the holiday travel season, despite numerous canceled flights out of the Midwest due to a winter storm.

The holiday travel season begins Friday and ends Jan. 2.

The expected travel at the nation’s third busiest airport is a 5.4 percent increase over the same 13-day holiday travel period last year.

The airport plans to flood LAX with volunteers to assist with the large volume of travelers. Volunteers will be wearing red vests and roaming the departures-level curbsides and airline ticketing lobbies.

Passengers are recommended to arrive at LAX at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international.

On Thursday, Southwest canceled more than 1,000 flights out of Chicago area airports due to a snow storm moving through the Midwest. Nationwide, more than 11,000 flights were canceled by various airlines.

Six Chicago-bound flights out of LAX were canceled that day, officials said.

On Friday, Southwest told CBS2 that they are operating at full capacity, however they warn delays are possible.

To check the status of a departing or arriving flight on any airline, click here.

Travelers are also recommended to check with their airlines for additional flight information.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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