The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has recommended discontinuing the $5-per-trip Westwood FlyAway bus service to Los Angeles International Airport because it is operating at a loss, but UCLA and its students are trying to negotiate a way to save it.
"The FlyAway bus provides an absolutely critical service to UCLA students," student body President Emily Resnick said in a statement.
"Without this service, thousands of students will no longer be able to go home for holidays or other important events."
LAX spokeswoman Nan- cy Castles said the service to and from Westwood has operated at a cumulative loss of about $8.5 million since its launch in June 2007.
The buses have attracted about 111,000 riders in the current fiscal year, fewer than half of the hoped-for 232,000, Castles said. That means that Los Angeles World Airports, the city department that owns and operates LAX, L.A./Ontario International and Van Nuys Airport, has subsidized the service this fiscal year to the tune of about $9.30 per passenger.
"Demand is stagnant," she said.
Usage has been hampered by the lack of parking at the FlyAway stop on Kinross Avenue, just west of Gayley Avenue.