Los Angeles air service to Europe slowly being restored (2)

09:12, April 22, 2010      

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According to Castles, about 3,000 passengers still need to be accommodated on available seats, and they will be seated on a standby basis.

Many travelers in California have either canceled or postponed their trips, freeing up seats for stranded passengers, Castles said.

To make up the backlog, airlines were planning nonstop flights to Europe, airport officials said.

These airlines included Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, each with three departures to Paris, and two Lufthansa flights to Frankfurt, airport spokesman Marshall Lowe said.

Since the volcano erupted last week, 123 flights were cancelled at LAX, affecting more than 24,000 passengers. Because stranded passengers are rebooking their flights before arriving at LAX, they are not thronging airline counters or camping out in the terminals, airport officials said.

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