Holiday traffic at Los Angeles International Airport was expected to be below normal this weekend, but was expected to tick up immediately after New Year’s Day, LAX officials reported Saturday.
Passenger volumes would likely be below average Saturday and Sunday, with 197,000 and 212,000 respective travelers, beating a daily average of 221,000 passengers this year, according to the Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX.
But airport crowds were expected to exceed the average on Monday and Tuesday, with passenger levels of 230,000 and 223,000.
The same pattern holds true for car traffic in and out of LAX, which was expected to be thinner than a daily average of 95,000 vehicles through Sunday, then hit an estimated 106,000 cars a day on both Monday and Tuesday.
“Several factors have converged to make this an unusually busy holiday travel period at LAX: more flights scheduled by airlines during peak arrival and departure times to meet consumer demand; reduced gate access at some terminals during peak times; and winter weather at LAX and elsewhere causing delays,” said Trevor Daley, LAWA chief of external affairs, in a statement.
“The LAX staff is working hard to ensure terminal facilities are clean and well-kept, roadway accidents are dealt with promptly, dining and retail concessions are fully stocked, and security-screening personnel are efficiently deployed,” he added. “We want to make sure travelers have a good experience departing Los…
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