LAX Runway Closure Leads to Major Flight Delays
Air travelers passing through Los Angeles International Airport should give themselves some extra time and expect delays in the coming days as airport officials have closed one of four runways for safety repairs, CBSLA.com reported.
The runway will be closed through the summer and additional runway construction and repairs at the airport are scheduled through 2018.
"Runway Safety Area improvements have been mandated by Congress for all U.S airports," states LAXIsHappening.com. "The improvements will provide an extra margin of safety for landing and departing aircraft. To limit the impact on operations, LAX will phase the construction, one runway at a time. We'll use these construction periods as an opportunity to also complete regular runway maintenance, minimizing the impact to operations while making our already safe runways even safer."
On Tuesday night, the Federal Aviation Administration reported that the runway closure was resulting in an average delay of 56 minutes at LAX, more than 40 minutes longer than the average flight delay nationwide.
Naturally, passengers traveling through the airport are encouraged to review their departure terminal online ahead of time. Air travelers should also check the status of their flight immediately upon arriving at LAX given the unique circumstances.
Flight-tracking website FlightAware.com reported 146 departing flights and 175 arriving flights were delayed at LAX on Tuesday. As of 6:45 a.m. local time, nine departing flights and 22 arriving flights scheduled for Wednesday have been delayed at LAX.
While the delays are sure to frustrate many travelers, others are focused on the bigger picture. "LAX is an older airport so they’re just trying to make improvements, so it’s just the price of progress," an LAX traveler told CBSLA.com.
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