Long lines at LAX. Photo courtesy of LAX Airport Police
Long lines at LAX. Photo courtesy of LAX Airport Police
Thanksgiving travelers planning to fly to or from Los Angeles International Airport will have plenty of company, with airport officials estimating that 2.3 million people will pass through the facility between Friday and Nov. 28.

Friday is estimated to be one of the busiest days, along with the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday and Monday after the holiday. Between 215,000 and 232,000 passengers are expected at the airport on those days.

On Thanksgiving and Black Friday, 162,000 to 190,000 people are expected to pass through the airport each day.

LAX is predicted to be the third-busiest airport in the country, behind only Atlanta and Chicago, but the busiest “origin-and-destination” airport, meaning more people will start or end their travels at LAX than any other airport.

Airport officials urged passengers to use public transit or shuttles to reach the airport, with traffic in the Central Terminal Area expected to be heavily congested. Passengers were urged to arrive at least two hours early for domestic flights, and three hours before international flights.

Earlier this week, the Automobile Club of Southern California predicted that about 3.65 million Southern California residents will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, up 3.1 percent from 2015, when 3.54 million took Thanksgiving trips.

The projected number of Southland travelers this year is the highest since 2007, when the number stood at 3.99 million, according to the Auto Club.

According to a survey of the Auto Club’s travel agents, the top five destinations for Southern California Thanksgiving travelers this year are — in the following order — Las Vegas, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

Las Vegas is also the No.1 destination for the nation, and San Diego is No. 3.

— City News Service

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