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Travelers, Arrive Early — LAX Is Third Busiest Airport In The Country

Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Traveling for Thanksgiving? Better get to the airport early.

Los Angeles International Airport is the third busiest in the nation, behind Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to a study by, reported by the Los Angeles Times. LAX officials expect about 2.3 million people to fly through the airport during Thanksgiving week, which is 8% more than the record set last year.

Naturally, the best way to deal with this is to get there early. LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady previously has recommended getting to the airport at least three hours early for a foreign flight and two hours early for domestic, according to the LA Times. The airport’s busiest times are 6 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Or you can try to fly out of Burbank, Long Beach or John Wayne ;)

One bright spot: LAX comes in sixth place for airports with the most delays. Only sixth! Think about that when you’re waiting in line at the airport for two hours this week.