Flying out of LAX this weekend? Expect plenty of company. The airport estimates that 2.9 million travelers – 1.3% more than last year -- will pass through its gates during the holiday period that started Friday and ends Jan. 2, officials said in a news release.
There’s a lot you can't control, such as the length of lines at reservation desks and security checkpoints and weather-related delays. But you can take steps to make the going easier. Here are some tips from the airport (and a few from me) for LAX travelers:
Arrive early: The busiest days are expected to be Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 24 and Jan. 2, officials said, when airlines say flights can run 95% full to completely full. LAX suggests arriving two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights during these peak travel times: 6 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
Plan ahead: Check in online and make sure you know which terminal you’re flying from; some airlines have changed terminals recently. Click here for maps of LAX. Check for flight delays or weather conditions on the airline's website. LAX’s Facebook page and Twitter are good ways to stay informed.