Nearly 1.8 million passengers are expected to travel through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this Thanksgiving holiday travel period, a slight increase of 0.3 percent over last year, airport officials predict.
The busiest travel day between Nov. 16 and 26 is anticipated to be Sunday, Nov. 25, not the traditional day before Thanksgiving, officials said. Another busy day is expected to be the end of the travel period, Monday, Nov. 26.
According to online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide, LAX will be second to Chicago-O’Hare International Airport in terms of the number of passengers this Thanksgiving. This means passengers should expect to see busy terminals and many domestic flights 90 percent full, airport officials said.
To help departing passengers catch their flights on time, Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX, will repeat a well-received program from past holidays, where volunteer employees wear red vests and roam the Upper/Departures Level in all terminals on the day before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Airport officials recommend 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 airlines’ ticketing lobbies two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.