LAX Forecasts 2.9 Million Passengers During Independence Day Holiday, Offers Tips for a Smooth Experience

06/28/2019 12:47 PM

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For Immediate Release
June 28, 2019

Charles H. Pannunzio
(424) 646-5260

(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is projecting that about 2.9 million people will travel through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) over the 11-day holiday period surrounding Independence Day this year. To help prepare travelers for the increased traffic, LAX is providing a number of tips to help create a stress-free travel experience during the busy extended holiday travel period.

"The first week of July is typically among the busiest of the year at LAX, so we are once again asking our guests to allow extra time and be informed travelers before heading to the airport,” said Keith Wilschetz, Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Emergency Management, LAWA. “With up to an estimated 111,000 vehicles using the Central Terminal Area during the busiest times of the holiday week, it’s essential that travelers use our website or social media to check the latest traffic, TSA wait times and parking availability. We also ask our guests to allow extra time at the airport and use the Lower/Arrivals Level to help save transit time for drop-offs and pick-ups.”

With July 4 falling on a Thursday the airport considers this year’s related travel period to take place from Friday, June 28, through Monday, July 8. The five busiest days are expected to be:

  • Friday, June 28: 271,185 passengers; 109,000 vehicles
  • Monday, July 1: 267,433 passengers; 105,000 vehicles
  • Wednesday, July 3: 267,456 passengers; 105,000 vehicles
  • Sunday, July 7: 271,183 passengers; 111,000 vehicles
  • Monday, July 8: 278,779 passengers; 109,000 vehicles

Travel Tips:

Guests should plan ahead and be prepared for busy terminals and additional traffic on the roadways in and around LAX. Airport officials recommend departing passengers arrive in their airline terminals at least two hours prior to boarding time for domestic flights and at least three hours before boarding time for international flights. As well, travelers are encouraged to enroll in TSA Pre✓® and download the free Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app on their smartphone or tablet, to improve security and reduce wait times.

Airport officials emphasize that passengers should obey a federal ban on bringing fireworks of any kind on board an aircraft – either in checked luggage or as carry-on items. Because fireworks are fire or explosive hazards, these items could cause flight delays while authorities search through checked luggage and personal belongings. For a comprehensive list of items that are permitted and prohibited in carry-on or checked luggage, visit

Los Angeles Airport Police have enhanced deployment of uniformed officers in and around LAX and Van Nuys airports. Officers will be highly visible on foot, motorcycles, and bicycles; in patrol vehicles; and managing traffic. The security and safety of passengers, visitors, and employees are the highest priorities of the entire LAX community. The traveling public is encouraged to report all suspicious activity to Airport Police at (310) 646-4268 or at (877) A-THREAT (284-7328).

Great New Concessions and Retail Choices:

Our guests will find great new concessions and a number of retail stores throughout the nine terminals, pre- and post-security. For a complete list of dining and retail locations at LAX, visit

Traffic Tips:

The public is reminded that work on LAX’s $14-billion modernization program is on-going. While construction work on parking structures, terminals and sidewalks is scheduled during late-night and early-morning hours, motorists and pedestrians should be prepared to encounter delays at all hours. 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.

Real-time LAX traffic conditions, parking structure availability and TSA wait times can be found on the airport’s new Twitter feed, @flyLAXstats. For information on the status and locations of airport construction, visit Motorists and travelers also can receive airport-related updates by accessing the FlyLAXairport and @LAAirportPD Twitter feeds.

To reduce traffic congestion on Central Terminal Area roadways, passengers are encouraged to take shared-ride public transportation to/from LAX, including: Metro Rail Green Line; taxis; door-to-door shuttle vans; long-distance and municipal buses. FlyAway® buses provide service to and from Hollywood, Long Beach, Union Station and Van Nuys.

Motorists can take advantage of the typically lighter traffic on the Lower/Arrivals Level where they can access the parking structures or drop off passengers who can then use elevators or escalators to reach the Upper/Departures Level. Guests are encouraged to check with their airline before arriving at the airport to ensure that they go to the correct terminal. Motorists can make use of East Way and West Way on the Lower/Arrivals Level to reduce their time on airport roadways.

Rather than circling the Central Terminal Area until arriving passengers reach terminal curbside for pick up, motorists can park and wait up to two hours free at the LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot at 96th Street and Vicksburg Avenue. Parking is also free for the first 15 minutes in the eight Central Terminal Area structures, making them an ideal place to drop off or pick up passengers.

Economy Lot E, located at 5455 W. 111th St., between La Cieniga and Aviation boulevards, is now fully open, offering approximately 2,700 parking spaces priced at $12 per day.

Motorists can save time by using the Lower/Arrivals Level to drop off passengers, who can then use elevators or escalators to reach the Upper/Departures Level.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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