LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With the holiday travel period starting in earnest
today, more than 2.6 million travelers are expected to move through Los Angeles
International Airport during this holiday season, up 8.2 percent from last
year, according to airport officials.
Officials at LAX — considered the sixth busiest airport in the world –
anticipate the days with the highest passenger volume will be today and
Saturday; Dec. 26, 27, and 29; and Jan. 2. The lowest volume days will likely
be Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
is expected to last from today through
Jan. 2, officials said. During this time, flights are expected to be at 90
Last year, 2.4 million travelers passed through LAX. The increased
projection for this year is based on more seats being available due to airlines
using larger planes and adding super-jumbo jet flights this year, officials
Passengers departing from LAX during the peak hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.,
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. are advised to show up at their
airline ticketing lobby two hours before domestic flights and three hours
before international flights.
Terminals are expected to be packed during those peak times. To avoid
lines, be sure to check in ahead of time on the airlines’ websites, airport
Volunteer helpers in red vests will be dispatched throughout the airport
to assist passengers, with added volunteers and staff will be assigned to
customer service counters and meet-and-greet areas. Trained therapy dogs and
their handlers will also be around to cheer up weary or stressed travelers.
Travelers should also be on alert for traffic-lane and sidewalk-closures
due to the ongoing construction being done as part of a $4.1 billion
modernization project at LAX. Construction hours are being restricted to late
evening and early morning to help ease congestion.
The parking structures directly across from Bradley International
Terminal and terminals 3 and 4 fill up the quickest and there may not be space
during peak times, officials warn. There are eight parking structures in the
Central Terminal Area and Economy Parking Lot C at 96th Street and Sepulveda
People picking up passengers can park themselves at a free “LAX Cell
Phone Waiting Lot” on 96th Street and Vicksburg Avenue next to the entrance of
Lot C while they wait for travelers to arrive at curbside.
LAX has also made available a map of traffic conditions around the
airport at this website: http://www.lawa.org/laxtrafficmaps.aspx