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Flying into or out of LAX, here are some tips for a stress-free holiday season.

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The top airport used by most of the residents of Orange County is the Los Angeles International Airport -LAX - one of the busiest airports in the country. Due to the many new renovations, the increase in international flights, and the addition of new airlines starting service, this should be one of the busiest holiday seasons for the airport and one of the most stressful for passengers.

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To assist passengers, a group of volunteer Los Angeles World Airports employees wearing red vests will roam the Upper/Departures Level curbside and the airline ticketing lobbies on select days. This is in addition to the Volunteer Information Professionals and Customer Service Representatives regularly assigned to assist travelers at the passenger information counters and in the meet-and-greet areas on the Lower/Arrivals Level of each terminal.

To help alleviate some of the stress here are a few tips for getting in or out the airport, as well as parking, whether one is flying or just picking up friends and relatives.

1. Picking up someone from LAX, did you know there is a 'cell phone waiting lot' at 96th Street and Vicksburg Avenue, adjacent to 'econony parking lot C' the closest to the entrance to LAX. Here drivers can wait up to two hours, for the person they are waiting on, to call that they have landed. Due to it's proximity to the airport they can get there very quickly.

2. When changing terminals at LAX, use the free shuttle marked A - Airline connections which stops at the "Blue sign marked "Shuttle and Airline connections" in front of each terminal. It goes around the central terminal area.

3 Other free shuttle services allows arriving passengers to catch the "C - Shuttle" that goes to Lot C at 96th Street and Sepulveda; the "G-Aviation" shuttle for the Metro Rail Green Line Station. These shuttles run 24 hours a day at regular intervals.

4. There are eight parking structures across from the airline terminals that allow for day parking, overnight parking, and extended stays. The rates, which are subject to change cost $30.00 for the day parking, while the rate at parking lot C is only $12.

5. For some residents of the greater Los Angeles area there is a 'Flyaway nonstop bus', this does not extend into the Orange County area.

Both the Domestic and Iternational Airlines have recommended time for passengers to check in for their flights, this is usually given when a ticket is purchased, or can be obtained from the airline one is flying. However during the busy holiday season it is recommended that passengers allow time for the unexpected. To help pass the extra time before a flight is due to depart, LAX has many dining options, or for the avid shopper, shopping options.

Los Angeles International Airport is part of a system of three Southern California Airports which include LA International, Ontario Airport and Van Nuys general aviation. Also convenient to Orange County residents is the Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Orange County Airport and San Diego Airport, which make great alternative airports to fly from with less stress and travel time on the freeways.

Some of the information shown here was received in a Press Release from Amanda Parsons, Public Relations Specialist, Los Angeles World Airports; email -


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