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For Immediate Release
July 3, 2024

LAX Public Relations


Navigate LAX with ease and embark on your Independence Day weekend journey with our expert tips and updated information for a stress-free travel experience this summer.  


(Los Angeles) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) anticipates a busy Fourth of July holiday, with increased passenger and vehicle traffic expected through July 8. Travel experts project nationwide travel volumes to rise 5% from the same period last year. LAX estimates over 2 million passengers will pass through its terminals from Thursday, June 27 to Monday, July 8. This sustained higher volume of passenger activity is expected to continue through Labor Day weekend.

“With the July Fourth travel period already bustling, we will see continued high passenger numbers at LAX through July 8," said Doug Webster, Interim Chief Operations and Maintenance Officer at Los Angeles World Airports. "Looking ahead, domestic travel remains steady leading into the fall, and international travel continues to grow, with notable increases in travel to Canada and Central and South America.”

With higher passenger and vehicle traffic anticipated throughout summer, LAX offers practical travel tips to reduce stress and ensure a smooth start to summer adventures. Los Angeles World Airports wishes travelers a safe Fourth of July holiday and summer season.

1. Allow at least two hours before departure time
LAX is one of the busiest origin and destination airports in the world. More passengers start or end their journeys here than almost any other airport. While two hours may seem excessive, this will allow enough time to arrive, check any bags, proceed through TSA security, and navigate to the boarding gate. If traveling internationally, LAX recommends arriving three hours early.

2. Pre-book your parking
Parking at the airport is in high demand, with parking facilities expected to reach capacity on the busiest travel days. Visit for the best rates and to plan parking ahead of time. Parking options may include discounts from the drive-up rates, depending on availability and demand.

Guests parking in budget parking can receive 20% off their reservation, and guests parking in P1 or P7 can receive 10% off their reservation by using the promo code 4JULY2024 at checkout, when pre-booking a parking spot in advance. Offer valid through July 31.

3. Plan ahead before arriving
Check the status of a flight before arriving at the airport. If the reservation allows, utilize online check-in options.

Meeting someone? Check the status and arrival terminal of the flight before heading to the airport. LAX provides real-time traffic and parking information at Parking and traffic updates are available 24/7 via the automated @FlyLAXstats X (formerly Twitter) feed. Curbside pickup and drop off is permitted on the Upper/Departures and Lower/Arrivals levels. All parking structures are free for the first 15 minutes.

Two cell phone waiting lots are open and provide a space for drivers to wait in their vehicles until passengers are ready to be picked up from the terminal curb. This helps reduce traffic volume around the Central Terminal Area. The lots are located at 96th Street & Alverstone Avenue, and 96th Street & Vicksburg Avenue. A helpful video on how to access these areas can be found here.

Transit, taxi, rideshare and other ground transportation information can be found here.

4. Navigate TSA checkpoints like a pro

For a more efficient experience, travelers are encouraged to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration's Preè or other trusted-traveler programs, such as U.S. Customs & Border Protection's Global Entry.

5. Get a head start on vacation: Try a new concession option and take advantage of concession promotions

All LAX terminals are completely connected and can be accessed by ticketed passengers post-security. Guests can now take advantage of all LAX’s concessions, regardless of their assigned terminal. New dining options this summer include CAVA and Pizza Please, both located in Terminal 3.

Skip the line at participating concessions by placing your order through LAXOrderNow. Enjoy 25% off all mobile orders through July 8. Promo Code: LAXJULY2024.

Step into Summer: Spend $75 or more at participating retailers in terminals 1, 2, 3, 6 and B, and receive a a pair of summer-theme socks (while supplies last).

For guests looking for a space to work, LAX is modernizing its terminal facilities to meet the needs of the business-leisure traveler. Most terminals feature areas with workspaces, access to power outlets and free Wi-Fi, allowing guests to confidently complete any business obligations while waiting for their flight.

6. Find relaxation amidst the movement of travel
LAX offers a range of unique amenities to enhance the passenger experience, such as the Gameway arcade in Terminals 3 and 6, providing entertainment with classic and modern games.

LAX's Art Program showcases the diverse talents of local and regional artists through presentations of over 20 temporary and 10 permanent installations across the airport. These artistic expressions enrich the physical spaces of the terminals while embodying the vibrant cultural tapestry of Los Angeles. As travelers embark on their journeys or return home, they are invited to pause, reflect and engage with the stories and creativity present in each work.

The PUPS Program offers a unique form of comfort and airport information. Therapy dogs and their handlers roam the departure levels in the gate areas of each terminal, visiting passengers awaiting flights. This interaction can provide a soothing, stress-relieving experience, enhancing the airport journey.

Musically-inclined passengers can enjoy playing Kawai pianos available in Terminal B (near gate 201A) and Terminal 7 (beyond the TSA checkpoint), adding a touch of creativity and relaxation to their travel.

7. Pro tools at your fingertips:
LAX Main Site - Flight, parking and terminal maps and information
Parking Reservations and Information
FlyLAX Stats - Realtime Parking and Traffic Information
Dining and Concessions
Lost and Found
AskLAX (Virtual Assistant)
LAX Helpline
Construction Hotline: (310) 649-LAWA (5292)

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX, the fifth-busiest airport in the world in 2021 with 48 million passengers, is in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.

In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.

LAX generates 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 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 (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.

LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airports Council International-Europe.

LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.

LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

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