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The best and worst times to be at LAX: 2.24M holiday travelers expected



LAX Encounter restaurant
LAX Encounter restaurant
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2.24 million passengers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the 2012-2013 holiday season, LAWA announced Thursday. That figure represents a 5.38 percent increase in a passenger volume over last year.

LAWA considers the holiday season to be the 13-day travel period beginning Friday, Dec. 21 (the day the world is supposed to end), through Wednesday, Jan 2 (provided it doesn't). LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado gave KPCC's Bianca Ramirez some travel tips for the intrepid holiday travelers.

TRAVEL TIPS

Says Alvarado, "We are encouraging passengers to get [to LAX] two hours before a domestic flight to the ticketing counters, and three hours before international flight." 

EXPECTED BUSIEST DAYS

  • Friday, Dec. 21
  • Saturday, Dec. 22
  • Sunday, Dec. 23
  • Friday, Dec. 28
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2

EXPECTED LEAST-BUSY DAYS

  • Sunday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

EXPECTED DAILY PEAK TRAVEL TIMES

  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Airlines report an average passenger load factor of approximately 80-90 percent throughout the holiday period, says Los Angeles World Airports. Additional volunteers and employees will be on site to assist travelers. They will be wearing red vests and roaming curbsite on the Departures Level and in ticketing lobbies.