Air Travelers Advised to Expect Delays

Officials at the region's airports say passengers should plan for crowded terminals and steep fares between Memorial and Labor days

"This is the summer to do comparison shopping -- not just for fares and schedules, but for airports," said Paul Haney, deputy executive director of airports and security at Los Angeles' airport agency. "Regional airports are developed to the point that travelers have more choices of airports, and more choices of airline service from those airports, than at any time in history."

Low-fare carrier Skybus Airlines will bring its inaugural flight this morning from Columbus, Ohio, to Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, where passengers will be treated to a water cannon salute.

"We expect a typical holiday weekend, where lots of passengers are flying, and planes are looking pretty full," said Lucy Burghdorf, Burbank airport's community relations manager.

At Orange County's John Wayne Airport, officials have seen a slight uptick in passengers this year, but they don't expect this summer to break any records.

"We are seeing more people than we did last year at this time," said Jenny Wedge, an airport spokeswoman. "But it's fairly minimal, although steady."

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