LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Saturday said that some flights scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport are being diverted to LAX.
Francis Zamora from the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management says that flights were being diverted to Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Jose.
The flight diversions follow the 11:30 a.m. crash landing of a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines. That plane was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members.
“Due to the accident at SFO, some flights scheduled to land at SFO are being diverted to LAX. Please contact airline for details,” an official Twitter account for LAX (@LAX_Official) indicated on Saturday afternoon.
The LAX Airport Operations Center released a statement Saturday night that said, in part, “Through the rest of this evening, a total of 23 outbound/departures to SFO and 20 inbound/arrivals from SFO are now confirmed cancelled.”
The statement added, “Three international flights that diverted to LAX and deplaned their passengers have all left LAX and busing their passengers to SFO. Airlines that cancelled flights between LAX and SFO are making arrangements for their passengers, including: re-booking passengers on future flights, adding special flights if aircraft are available, busing passengers to SFO, putting up passengers in airport-area hotels, asking passengers to return to LAX tomorrow, etc. Tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) flights between LAX and SFO are heavily booked due to the combination of holiday weekend and peak summer travel, so it is expected the airlines will require one to two days to catch up on the backlog of cancelled flights. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines – via their websites or directly by phone — on the status of their flights before coming to LAX.”