LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Officials from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have advised passengers to consult airlines over flight status before arriving as the number of people travelling over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to go up, authorities said on Thursday.
Around 769,000 travelers are expected to pass through LAX during the four-day Memorial Day weekend -- a 5.3 percent increase from the same period in 2009, the Los Angeles World Airports, a city agency operating LAX said.
"Overall, passenger volumes at LAX will be higher due to slight improvement in the economy and airlines offering summer sale fares," according to a statement from LAX. "Airlines expect to handle the increased demand by using larger aircraft or adding flights on existing routes, and several airlines are adding new destinations."
The trend is expected to continue through the summer months, it said. Some 16.9 million passengers are forecast at LAX, a 5.4 percent increase from last year during the summer travel season which begins Friday and lasts through Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 6.
Aside from advising passengers to check with their airlines, airport officials also suggested arriving for check-in three hours before departure for international flights, and two hours before domestic flights.
The third busiest airport in the U.S. and seventh in the world, LAX is offering more than 565 daily flights to 81 destinations in the U.S., and over 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 65 international destinations on 75 air carriers. Its total passenger volume in 2009 was more than 56.5 million.