Approximately 1.85 million passengers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the ten-day Thanksgiving travel period, which began November 16th, and continues through Sunday, November 25th — a three-percent increase in passenger volume over last year, airport officials said.
Air travel at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) was expected to increase slightly this holiday travel season due to additional seats becoming available this year, when new airlines began service at the two airports and existing airlines added new destinations, airport officials said.
Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd, and Sunday, November 25th, were expected to be the busiest times, with airlines forecasting passenger load factors approaching 95 percent on most flights and some flights fully booked.
Airport officials recommend that passengers departing LAX during daily peak travel periods from 6 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 7 to 10 p.m., be in their airlines’ ticketing lobbies two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.
Since last Thanksgiving, LAX has seen added service to the busy California corridor to San Francisco by Virgin America and Southwest Airlines.
New services at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) airports this year include:
– LAX FlyAway bus service has been expanded, including a third location in Westwood.
– Remote airline and baggage check-in, which allows passengers to eliminate waiting in airport lines, is available for passengers departing LAX on domestic flights to all 50 U.S. states. The service is at the LAX FlyAway locations at Van Nuys, Union Station and Westwood. For a separate $5 fee, passengers can receive airline boarding passes and check two pieces of luggage before arriving at LAX. Upon arrival at their airline terminal, passengers can proceed directly to passenger security screening.
– Electric charging stations are located in all of the LAX terminals, which allow travelers free electrical re-charging of their mobile phones, laptops and other personal electronics while waiting to board flights. The stations are designed with a small shelf to hold electronic equipment.
– Wireless Internet service is available in all terminals at LAX and ONT. Travelers now have the convenience of checking business and personal email, surfing the Web and staying connected through a fast, secure and reliable wireless connection, airport sources say. Users pay a fee to utilize this service;
– LAX AiRadio 530 AM offers the only source of up-to-the-minute information on airport conditions, traffic on the freeways and roadways near and in the airport, parking, airline terminal locations and security. During the upcoming holidays, the radio station will broadcast live from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, through Monday, November 26th; and
– The LAX “cell phone lot,” at 9011 Airport Blvd., offers a free waiting alternative 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Motorists can wait in the well-lit parking lot for arriving passengers to call them on their cell phones and then drive to the curbside to pick up their passengers.