It's Peak Holiday Travel at LAX: Here's What You Need to Know

Ameera Butt
December 30, 2019 - 8:00 am
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LAX is expected to be jam-packed again today ahead of New Year’s Eve.

There's another "Super Peak” holiday travel day at LAX Monday.

The busiest stretch of holiday travel will be through today.

In a press release, airport officials strongly encourage travelers to allow for extra time and to plan ahead. Dec.26-27 and Dec. 29-30 are also expected to be super peak travel days.

"During the 25-day holiday period an estimated 5.9 million passengers are expected to use the airport," the press release said. "Guests should plan additional time to reach the airport, clear security and reach their gates. During the busiest times on the super peak days, guests should plan for at least an extra hour for their travel time."

Nearly a quarter-million people will come through LAX toting bags and plans on where to spend the New Year.

Here are some top tips for travelers from an LAX press release

Arrive Early: Departing guests are advised to allow additional time to reach the airport, clear security and reach their gates. Typically, LAX officials encourage guests to arrive in the terminal at least two hours before the boarding time for domestic flights and three hours before the boarding time for international flights. On Super Peak travel days, guests are encouraged to add at least one hour to that time to account for traffic and lines at the airport. 

Skip the Drive: Guests are encouraged to consider alternate means of traveling to and from LAX given what will be very heavy traffic during peak times especially amidst construction. Alternative options include the FlyAway bus and public transportation. Learn more at www.FlyLAX.com/HolidayTransit. 

Use LAX-it: For the past seven weeks, including during Thanksgiving super peak days, the taxi and ride app lot, LAX-it, performed exceptionally well. Shuttles, which use the dedicated inner lane on the lower level and pickup at no more than two terminals before heading back to LAX-it, arrive at terminal stops on average every 3-5 minutes. Most times, there is little or no wait for Uber, Lyft or taxis. During peak periods, wait times rarely have exceeded 10 minutes. 

Be Informed in Real Time: Parking garages in the CTA and LAX’s long-term parking lot, Economy Lot E, are expected to reach capacity at times over the holiday travel period, so guests who hope to park in those locations are encouraged to monitor conditions on the website and Twitter. The @FlyLAXStats Twitter account provides regular updates on traffic conditions and parking availability at terminal parking structures and Economy Lot E. This real-time data can also be found at www.FlyLAX.com, which also has predictions for traffic congestion in addition to the real-time information. 

Terminal B Pick-up: A recent addition is the free Terminal B Pickup area on the ground floor of Parking Structure 3. Due to Automated People Mover-related construction in front of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, curb space has been reduced, making it more difficult to pick up arriving guests. The new pickup area features four-lettered rows where motorists can pick up passengers. This option is only for private vehicles, and no parking is allowed. 

Watch Out for Construction: Guests are reminded that LAX’s $14.3 billion modernization program is still on-going. When coming to LAX, passengers should look for and follow way-finding signage near all construction sites to ensure their safety and to enhance mobility. For more information, visit www.FlyLAX.com. 

 Get to LAX early!