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LAX flights to East Coast resume but with delays

December 20, 2009 |  2:13 pm

Airlines flying out of Los Angeles International Airport resumed flights today after canceling more than three dozen Saturday because of a massive storm on the East Coast.

But the cancellations caused significant delays as airlines played catch-up.

"The backup is for people who were originally scheduled for yesterday, who are now leaving today," said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for LAX. He could not say how many flights were delayed.

Lowe also was unable to indicate the average length of the delays but said he did not expect the holdup to last into the evening. He said passengers should call their airlines for further information.

According to airport authorities, at least 38 flights that were headed from LAX to the East Coast were canceled Saturday due to the winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on New York; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; Newark, N.J. and elsewhere. The cancellations affected more than 6,000 passengers, airport authorities said.

-- Ann M. Simmons