Los Angeles and Orange County freeways will be getting a lot busier as holiday travel begins for millions of people for the Fourth of July weekend. And as flight cancellations continue at the Los Angeles International Airport, that is making some travelers nervous.
Los Angeles International Airport officials said they expect to see as many as 115,000 departing passengers passing through the airport each day Thursday through Saturday, and again next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Some travelers have been dealing with the stress of missing or canceled flights.
“Border protection the line was so long we were standing there for 90 minutes,” said Anna Kirali to CBSLA Wednesday, as she was coming from Hungary.
A delayed connection and customs nightmare made her miss her flight to Hawaii.
“They rebooked us for a flight for tomorrow and now we’re just trying to figure out a hotel or stay at the airport,” Kirali said.
As many as 90,000 departing passengers are anticipated on Sunday and Monday.
“We expect the Independence Day holiday weekend to be the busiest we’ve had in more than two years, and we want to make sure our guests know about the tools available that can make every part of their journey easier and faster,” Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, said in a statement. “Spending just a few minutes online to check traffic conditions, pre-book parking and review any recent communications from your airline can ensure you have a great start or end to your summer vacation.”
Airport officials urged travelers to arrive early and check traffic conditions in the terminal area using the Twitter site @FlyLAXstats. Travelers were also urged to book airport parking in advance at parking.flylax.com.
Across the country, 48 million people are expected to be traveling for the holiday, according to the Auto Club, with the vast majority reaching their destination by driving — despite near-record-high gas prices.
According to AAA, 2.7 million Southern Californians will drive to their destinations for the long weekend, while 426,000 will fly. About 168,000 will travel by other means, such as bus, train or cruise ship.