LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A record 3.5 million travelers are expected to move through Los Angeles International Airport during this year’s 17-day holiday travel period, which begins Friday.

According to online travel companies like Expedia, airport officials say LAX is projected to be the busiest U.S. airport this winter holiday season.

The period begins Friday and continues through Jan. 3.

The busiest travel days are anticipated to be Dec. 21, 23, 27, and 30, according to airport officials. Light travel days include Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1.

To ease vehicular traffic, the airport recommends travelers utilize public transportation to and from LAX. Options include the FlyAway bus service and Metro Rail Green Line.

Passengers are urged to arrive at their airline’s ticketing lobby two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours in advance for international travel.

LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, according to airport officials.

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