Santa and LAX crew deliver cheer to airport guests
‘Tis the season at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as Santa and his crew enhance the guest experience during one of the airport’s busiest seasons of the year! Dancers, carollers, musical artists – including the TSA Choir – and even a little TLC (Teams of LAXceptional Courtesy) are coming to town to help entertain the millions of guests expected at LAX during the holiday season.
“We know that travelling during the holidays can be stressful and we are trying to relieve some of that anxiety by creating a more festive holiday atmosphere through entertainment, activities and even a little help from Santa himself,” said Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint. “Our hope is to delight our guests with unexpected, exceptional extras that help put the fun back into travel.”
From Dec. 5 – 25, a number of activities are planned as part of an effort to create a more calming and fun environment for airport guests. Activities include musical performances, as well as children’s arts and crafts in “Holiday Hangars” and visits by Santa and the airport’s team of therapy dogs, LAX PUPs (Pets Unstressing Passengers) dressed up in their holiday best.
On Dec. 22, TLC in black vests will be on the curbside and in terminals at TLC courtesy tables to assist and inform guests, in addition to providing a little “TLC”. In addition, complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and goodies will be available to users of the LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot on the northeast corner of Sepulveda and 96th Street to help alleviate congestion in the Central Terminal Area. Meeters and greeters can “reLAX” while waiting to pick up their loved ones. In the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)’s Great Hall, adjacent to Gate 148, guests can post messages on a Holiday Wish Wall, a project in collaboration with four local elementary schools.
Even those traveling on Dec. 25 will find Christmas joy as the Airport Police team delivers teddy bears to children who anxiously await their holiday flights.
All of these activities are part of LAX’s overall efforts to increase guest satisfaction not only through infrastructure and facilities, but with innovative services, amenities and experiences that are efficient, memorable and hospitable.
Schedule of holiday activities in December and January includes:
A cappella Group 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Ballet Dancers 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Carollers 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Terminal 6
Recording Artist David Manuel 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Contemporary Carollers 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Terminal 1
Long Beach City College Carolling Choir, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Terminal 6 baggage claim
Contemporary Carollers 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Terminal 3
Recording Artist John Stratton 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Terminal 3 baggage claim
A cappella Group 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Terminal 2
Dance Group “Team of Dreams” 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., all terminals
Santa Fly-In with PUPs at Flight Path Museum
Recording Artist Sean Beck 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., T2 baggage claim
Choral Group Genesis the Balm 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Santa in terminals passing out candy and good cheer 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Terminal 1
Dancing Group Brasil Brasil Cultural Centre 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Terminal 1 baggage claims
Santa in terminals passing out candy and good cheer 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Terminal 4
Santa in terminals passing out candy and good cheer 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Terminal 5
Recording Artist Kyle Calvillo 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Terminal 2 baggage
TSA Choir 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Ballet Dancers 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Carollers 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Holiday Hangars (children’s arts & crafts) 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Santa in terminals passing out candy and good cheer ~ 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Tom Bradley International Terminal
Holiday Hangars (children’s arts & crafts) 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., T1 and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Terminal 2
Santa in terminals passing out candy and good cheer 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Terminal 6
Holiday Hangars (children’s arts & crafts) 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Terminal 7
Santa in terminals passing out candy and good cheer 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Terminal 7
Holiday Hangars (children’s arts & crafts) 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., T4 and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Terminal 5
Teams of LAXceptional Courtesy (TLC) holiday passenger assistance 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot Courtesy Coffee and More 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Airport Police Teddy Bear Deliveries
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX is the seventh busiest airport in the world and third in the United States. LAX served more than 74.9 million passengers in 2015. LAX offers 742 daily nonstop flights to 101 cities in the U.S. and 1,273 weekly nonstop flights to 76 cities in 41 countries on 64 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.1 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 655,564 operations (landings and take-offs) in 2015.
An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,610 jobs in Southern California with labour income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labour income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.
LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.
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