LAX Prepares for Traveler Increase During Thanksgiving

The busiest day of the travel period is expected to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

More than 1.792 million passengers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period that begins this Friday and ends Nov. 26, airport officials estimated Wednesday.

The anticipated number of travelers is a 0.3 percent increase over last Thanksgiving's 1.786 million passengers, according to airport officials. The busiest day of the travel period is expected to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

LAX is expected to be second only to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport in passenger volume, meaning passengers should anticipate heavy traffic at the airport and in the terminals, along with domestic flights that will be about 90 percent full — or completely full on flights to popular destinations such as San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Boston, airport officials said.

Volunteers wearing red vests will be roaming LAX terminals to assist travelers on the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after, in addition to regular volunteers and customer service representatives.

Airport officials recommended that passengers arrive at the airport two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.

For more travel tips and security information, visit www.lawa.org/flyaway.

Timely information on flight status, traffic conditions and other travel tips is available on LAX’s website at www.lawa.org/lax, and social media sites at www.twitter.com/LAX_Official and www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport.

George Vreeland Hill November 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I will be one of those numbers as I am going to New England for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the stats.


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