LAX Expects 1.8 Million Passengers for Thanksgiving

LAX is expected to be second only to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport in passenger volume for the holiday travel period, which starts today.

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

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.

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