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UberX can pick you up at LAX starting Thursday

After months of negotiations and political infighting, the wait is over: Drivers for Uber's lowest-cost ride service will be allowed to pick up travelers at Los Angeles International Airport starting at 8 a.m. Thursday.    Uber is the second ride-hailing company to be granted full access to one...

American Airlines to add more than 20 flights a day at LAX and hire 200 workers
 

American Airlines to add more than 20 flights a day at LAX and hire 200 workers

In the three-way battle to take the lead position at Los Angeles International Airport, American Airlines is adding 25 new daily flights, starting in June. The Fort Worth-based carrier is the biggest airline at LAX, serving about 19% of the passengers at the airport, while Delta Air Lines and United...

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  • The largest taxi company in Uber and Lyft's hometown is near bankruptcy

    The largest taxi company in Uber and Lyft's hometown is near bankruptcy

    "Hailing a cab" once meant stretching an arm out toward a city's open streets and attracting the attention of a ubiquitous yellow car. But the phrase and accompanying gesture have since been retired in favor of its digital substitute: fumbling for a phone in a pocket to "get an Uber." The clearest...

  • Bids for bullet train construction show apparent winner for next phase

    The California High-Speed Rail Authority unsealed bids Tuesday for the construction of 22 additional miles of structures and rail bed in the Central Valley, identifying a team led by the Spanish-based construction firm Ferrovial as the low bidder and “apparent” best value. The team bid $348 million...

  • Sticker shock: Uber's NYE surge pricing outrages some passengers

    Sticker shock: Uber's NYE surge pricing outrages some passengers

    Uber issued plenty of advance warnings before New Year's Eve, but that didn't stop passengers from complaining about the ride-hailing app's surge pricing -- which sent fares skyrocketing in hot spots around the world. Although taxi drivers in Los Angeles are not allowed to hike fares during peak...

  • California Inc.: At long last, paychecks may be going up

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Let the post-Christmas sales begin. Retailers will be pulling out the stops this week to...

  • Apparently mentally ill man found on road inside LAX security zone

    A 30-year-old man who appeared to be mentally ill was apprehended walking on a restricted service roadway inside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning, airport police said. The man’s presence in a security zone did not interfere with any operations or cause any delays for Christmas...

  • Big change starts small as Lyft arrives at LAX

    Big change starts small as Lyft arrives at LAX

    With dozens of cars nosing toward curbs and long lines of passengers toting bags, Los Angeles International Airport didn't feel much different Wednesday even though Lyft became the first app-based ride service to legally pick up passengers there. Business appeared relatively slow for the new Lyft...

  • Flywheel's smartphone taxi meter, TaxiOS, gets green light in California

    Flywheel's smartphone taxi meter, TaxiOS, gets green light in California

    Flywheel, the company on a mission to help taxis better compete with on-demand transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft, may be a step closer to reaching its goal after the California Division of Measurement Standards approved its smartphone taxi meter, TaxiOS, for statewide use.The mobile...

  • Coming to LAX: 13 'comfort dogs' for frazzled fliers

    Coming to LAX: 13 'comfort dogs' for frazzled fliers

    For those airline fliers who get so frazzled by holiday travel that they start to bark at seatmates, United Airlines is offering an all-natural way to relieve stress: dogs. Through a program called United Paws, the Chicago-based carrier is deploying more than 200 dogs to the airline’s seven airport...

  • Apple Maps now includes transit information for Los Angeles

    Apple Maps now includes transit information for Los Angeles

    Apple has added public transit information for Los Angeles to its Apple Maps app. The transit feature is now live, mapping bus and Metro routes for iPhone users as well as showing scheduled arrival times at different stops. The app also combines transportation options and shows what's nearby, such...

  • RideAmigos app helps institutions manage their carpooling programs

    RideAmigos app helps institutions manage their carpooling programs

    Fed up with long commutes in New York City, Jeffrey Chernick ditched his Wall Street job to see if technology could offer a solution. He came up with RideAmigos, now based in Venice, which creates ride-matching software to revive the decades-old idea of carpooling. "Eliminating traffic, that's...

  • LAX-to-Cuba charter flights take off for first time

    LAX-to-Cuba charter flights take off for first time

    Sounds of mambo music and smells of spicy ropa vieja permeated Terminal 4 at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday, marking the inaugural charter flight from the West Coast to Havana. The American Airlines-operated weekly nonstop flight was scheduled to depart at 12:45 p.m. from Gate 41...

  • California Democrat withdraws support for the high-speed rail project

    California Democrat withdraws support for the high-speed rail project

    The rock-solid Democratic support in Sacramento for the bullet train, which has endured despite legal and financial setbacks in recent years, has developed a political fissure. Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) says she is withdrawing her support for the project, and she says five other...

  • First charter flight from LAX to Cuba takes off Saturday

    First charter flight from LAX to Cuba takes off Saturday

    The first weekly charter flight connecting Los Angeles to Havana departs Saturday, reflecting the continued easing of travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. American Airlines will launch the weekly nonstop flight with a Boeing 737. The Fort Worth-based airline already operates several charter...

  • Nearing the holidays, Little Tokyo stores get a reprieve from Metro construction

    Nearing the holidays, Little Tokyo stores get a reprieve from Metro construction

    December is a busy month for Little Tokyo gift shop owner Irene Tsukada Simonian. It's not quite like the "old days" in the 1960s and 1970s when her family's store, Bunkado, had three cash registers and lines of customers waiting at each one. But on peak weekends, shoppers will still form a queue...

  • FAA says Santa Monica Airport must stay open until 2023

    FAA says Santa Monica Airport must stay open until 2023

    The Federal Aviation Administration ruled Friday that Santa Monica Airport must stay open at least until 2023 — a decision that could frustrate the city's efforts to reduce flight operations and then shut down the historic facility in the near future. Santa Monica elected officials and anti-airport...

  • Lyft expanding to Asia by partnering with Uber's competitors

    Lyft expanding to Asia by partnering with Uber's competitors

    The race to bring American app-based ride-hailing services to Asia is on.Lyft, Uber’s main competitor in the U.S., announced Thursday a partnership with GrabTaxi and Ola, two on-demand transportation services available in Southeast Asia and India. The deals follow a similar agreement the San Francisco...

  • Metro, responding to critics, puts $104-million Northridge track build on hold

    Metro, responding to critics, puts $104-million Northridge track build on hold

    A $104-million proposal to add a second track to a key railroad line through Northridge has been stalled since summer because of opposition from nearby residents who fear the new rails will pass dangerously close to homes. Reacting to concerns from a coalition of neighborhood groups called Citizens...

  • Catching a flight at LAX for Thanksgiving? Get there early

    Catching a flight at LAX for Thanksgiving? Get there early

    Trying to catch a flight home before the turkey comes out of the oven can feel like a marathon. There’s the congested roadways, the extra long airport lines and the extra short tempers. But on Wednesday, Los Angeles International Airport officials reported that things were running smoothly in advance...

  • After Paris, LAPD sees terror risk shifting across the city

    After Paris, LAPD sees terror risk shifting across the city

    Counterterrorism efforts in Southern California have long focused on the region's distinct landmarks. Los Angeles International Airport, the intended target of a terrorist driving a vehicle filled with explosives in 2000. The U.S. Bank tower in downtown L.A., mentioned in Al Qaeda documents as...

  • Uber gets serious with newly created safety advisory board

    Uber gets serious with newly created safety advisory board

    In a sign that on-demand transportation company Uber is maturing, the San Francisco company announced Tuesday the creation of a safety advisory board to help it navigate safety and security hurdles.The six-member board is made up of outsiders such as former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis;...

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