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LAX braces for 160K post-Thanksgiving travelers

November 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Monday is going to be the busiest travel day of the year at Los Angeles International Airport. More than 160,000 people were expected to pass through its terminals.

When the Thanksgiving travel weekend wraps up, about 1.8 million passengers will have flown in and out of LAX for the 10-day holiday period - a 16 percent increase from last year.

"We didn't realize and I'm wishing we left a whole lot earlier this morning," said one traveler heading to Paris, France.

Peak crowd times in the nine LAX terminals will be between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., airport officials said.

But even during those earlier peak times, the travelers we caught up with said the lines in the airport haven't been too bad.

"We had great luck with lines. Happened to wind up first all the time," said holiday traveler Jessica Burbage.

Airport officials say many people flew on Thanksgiving Day and stayed through the weekend to take advantage lower fares.

Police are doing more this year to help out drivers. They'll be handing out maps with information on alternate parking and waiting options.

About 565 flights leave LAX daily for 81 U.S. cities, and about 1,000 flights operated by 75 international airlines depart weekly from the facility.

City News Service contributed to this story.


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