If you are traveling through LAX for the holidays, expect the kind of business that has not been seen since the beginning of 2020 at the airport.
The two-week forecast from airport officials marks a dramatic turnaround from this time last year, as the usually crowded horseshoe was almost deserted.
Up to 2 million people are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the two-week Thanksgiving holiday period beginning Thursday. That is potentially a doubling of the number from the same time last year.
Airport officials said they expect the Thanksgiving holiday period, which begins Thursday and continues through Nov. 30, to be its busiest passenger traffic route since early 2020.
Here are some travel tips from LAX officials.
- The busiest days are expected to be Friday, and the Sunday after Thanksgiving on November 28th.
- Parking at the airport? Pre-book parking at parking.flylax.com.
- Passengers are also encouraged to use the new LAX Economy Parking facility with a dedicated shuttle to and from the central terminal area. The FlyAway bus has also added trips from Van Nuys and Union Station.
- Travelers should check prior to availability of parking and driving times by following @FlyLAXStats on Twitter.
- Arrive early and check flight status. Travelers should plan to arrive at least two hours before boarding time for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.
- Rapid COVID-19 tests are available at an on-site test center opposite Terminal 6, inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal along Aisle C and near the information stand at the lower / arrival level of Terminal 2.
- Always wear a face mask as required by the federal government.