Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Millions of Southern Californians will be hitting the roads and airways Friday for the long Labor Day weekend, meaning busy streets and freeways and plenty of congestion at Los Angeles International Airport.

A record-breaking 835,500 travelers are expected to pass through LAX between Friday and Monday, up 7 percent over last year’s holiday weekend, according to airport officials. Today and Monday will be the busiest days at LAX, with more than 228,000 people expected today and 216,700 expected Monday.

The total number of travelers expected at LAX is 7 percent above last year’s figure of 780,716, according to the airport.

More than 310,600 vehicles are expected to pass through the Central Terminal Area during the four-day stretch, up 4 percent from last year. Airport officials encouraged people heading to the airport to consider using public transportation or taking advantage of FlyAway buses from Hollywood, Santa Monica, Union Station, Van Nuys and Westwood.

LAX is the second-busiest airport in the country, and the fifth-busiest in the world.

The Automobile Club of Southern California estimated that about 2.5 million Southland residents will travel over Labor Day weekend, a 1 percent increase from last year. About 2 million of the travelers, or 86 percent, are expected to drive to their holiday getaways, while about 347,000 people are expected to fly and 150,000 will take a bus, train, cruise or other means of travel, according to the Auto Club.

Statewide, about 4 million people are expected to travel this weekend, up from 3.99 million last year. About 3.2 million of those people are expected to drive and 560,000 are expected to fly, according to the Auto Club. Nationally, 35.5 million Americans are expected to take Labor Day trips.

According to a survey of Southland travelers, the top destinations for Southern California residents will be San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, the Central Coast and the Grand Canyon.

—City News Service

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