Thanksgiving Travelers Flock to LAX, Expected to Be Busiest U.S. Airport

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Thanksgiving travelers across the Southland were advised to expect crowded freeways and airports on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year.


Travelers lined up outside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Rain and snow on the East Coast threatened to cause delays at Los Angeles International Airport, where long lines were seen on the departure level in the early morning hours before tapering off about 8 a.m.

Travel experts expected LAX to be the nation’s busiest airport this Thanksgiving, airport officials said.

More than 2 million passengers were expected to come through the airport during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, Los Angeles World Airports stated in a news release.

Airports in Philadelphia, New York City and Newark, N.J. were experiencing delays of up to two hours as a result of stormy weather, but few cancellations of flights from LAX were reported.

By early evening Wednesday, Southern California’s traditional travel complaint — traffic — became the biggest problem for some. Traffic around the airport was backed up, with the 405 Freeway jammed for miles.

Sunday was expected to be the busiest travel day of the 11-day Thanksgiving travel period, according to LAX officials.