Labor Day Travel Crunch Kicks into High Gear

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Labor Day weekend travel rush will kick into high gear today as thousands of Southland residents head out for Labor Day weekend getaways.

Today is expected to be the busiest day of the Labor Day travel period at Los Angeles International Airport, with 245,660 passengers expected to pass through the airport.

The holiday travel will continue through Tuesday, and airport officials said they expec record numbers of passengers. Between Friday and Tuesday, an estimated 1,131,405 passengers are expected to pass through LAX, traveling to or from their destinations.

"Labor Day weekend promises to be another record-breaking holiday at LAX, and we want our guests to know that we are ready to welcome them with new concessions, amenities and technologies to make their trips easier and more enjoyable,” said Barbara Yamamoto, chief experience officer for Los Angeles World Airports. ``If you're coming to LAX this weekend, give yourself plenty of time, use one of our stress-reducing travel tips and have an exceptional holiday weekend.”

Passengers and motorists are advised to plan ahead and be prepared for traffic congestion in and around LAX, as well as in the terminals, which are expected to be more crowded than usual. Guests are advised to arrive two hours before the boarding time for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.

Extra motorcycle officers and traffic control officers will be added to the area to help with traffic, and LAX officials said they have partnered with the Department of Transportation to help address traffic issues at key nearby intersections.

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