- Memorial Day will kick off the summer travel period this weekend.
- Los Angeles International Airport said it expects Thursday to be the busiest day since 2020.
- It opened an additional holding lot for pickups, forecasting 90,000 vehicles in one day.
The Memorial Day trip could see the busiest day at Los Angeles International Airport in more than three years.
LAX said it expects to see at least 218,000 passengers traveling this Thursday. That would make it the busiest day at the airport since the COVID-19 lockdown hit the United States in March 2020.
He predicts that Friday and Monday will also be peak days with more than 200,000 people passing through LAX.
A total of 1.2 million people are expected at the airport between Wednesday and Monday.
But that passenger volume would still make it about 14% less busy than March 2019, which was a record year for LAX.
Due to increased demand, the airport is opening a secondary waiting area for friends and family to pick up passengers. It also encourages travelers to use its FlyAway shuttle, predicting more than 90,000 vehicles Thursday and Friday.
“Memorial Day weekend is just the start of what will be a very busy summer season at LAX, where we expect passenger traffic to reach the highest levels we have seen in recent years. “said Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. .
The holidays mark the start of the summer travel period, which last year saw several chaotic incidents as the industry recovered from the pandemic.
To try to avoid a repeat, the Federal Aviation Administration changed protocols at New York and Washington, D.C. airports to encourage airlines to schedule fewer flights but on larger planes.