LAX expects no surprises during holiday rush

2011 file photo of LAX.
2011 file photo of LAX.
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We don’t do any “dashing through the snow” during the holidays in Southern California, but we do a lot of dashing to the airport. Airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez says they’re expecting traveler traffic to match last year — about 2.9 million passengers.

"But it’s still gonna be pretty busy," Rodriquez said. He's recommending the standard arrival time at the airport — two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international one.

Susan and Mike Rizner chose LAX for their trip to Nashville even though they live in Aliso Viejo, which is a lot closer to John Wayne Airport. Their reason: no direct flights from John Wayne to Nashville.

"So you have to get a connector, and by the time you get a connector, it makes more sense just to drive to LAX and get a straight flight," Susan Rizner said.

The Rizners arrived at LAX 2.5 hours before their 11:05 a.m. flight.