Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is expected to see a slight jump in the number of passengers during this holiday travel period compared to last year, airport officials predict.

Between Dec. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 2, nearly 2.9 million passengers are expected to travel through LAX, an increase of over 1.3 percent from the same time last year, airport officials said.

The busiest days at the airport are expected to be Friday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 2, with airlines reporting passenger load levels approaching 95 percent on most flights and most flights fully booked.

For the fourth year in a row, volunteer Los Angeles World Airports employees wearing red vests will assist travelers in terminals.

Airport officials suggest passengers departing LAX during daily peak travel periods – from 6 to 9 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and from 7 to 10 p.m. – arrive in their airline’s ticketing lobbies two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. Most domestic air travelers can avoid ticketing counter lines by checking in with their airlines through the airlines’ Web sites before coming to the airport.

With winter weather conditions at other cities across the nation often affecting flight operations, passengers are advised to check with their airlines to ensure their flights are on time before coming to LAX.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Web site, www.tsa.gov, lists items that are permitted onboard with passengers, items which must be packed in checked luggage, and items prohibited on flights.

Los Angeles Airport Police also remind passengers to ensure their baggage and personal belongings are attended at all times, and encourage the public and airport employees to identify and report suspicious behavior.