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LAX is roaring back to normal as Covid-19 wanes

Eugene Adams

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Covid restrictions in Los Angeles are winding down.

With the waning restrictions, the number of people wanting to travel is growing. 

With so many domestic and international destinations to choose from, LAX is slowly but surely roaring back to life. 

Domestic Travel

Memorial Day weekend saw a surge in domestic travel all over the country. 

According to the TSA, they screened 1,959,593 air travelers on Friday. That is the most in over a year. 

Even without the holiday weekend, travel throughout Los Angeles has been ramping up. May was LAX’s busiest month since early 2020

In May, LAX saw an average of 61,400 passengers daily. That is about half as many as the same period in 2019. But still significantly higher than during the pandemic. 

We probably won’t hit pre-pandemic levels just yet, but air travel should continue to increase. 

International Travel

The list of countries accepting American tourists continues to grow

This is just in time for the busy summer travel season. 

Los Angeles is a great place, but people still need a getaway. 

LAX Covid Testing

If you are traveling somewhere that requires a test, there is no need to run all over Los Angeles looking for one. 

You can get tested at the airport before your flight. 

LAX offers many options

One-hour PCR test

  • Cost: $199
  • Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal. Ticket counters C01-C05
  • Results: One hour
  • Hours: 7 AM-7 PM daily

Nasal-swab antigen test

  • Cost: $80
  • Location: Terminal 6 and Tom Bradley International Terminal
  • Results: 30–60 minutes
  • Hours: 9 AM-Noon daily

PCR test

  • Cost: $125
  • Location: Tom Bradley and Terminal 2 
  • Results: 3–5 hours 

If you wish to schedule an appointment, you can do so by using this link

What is the Airport Like?

If you plan on taking an Uber or Lyft to the airport, be ready to pay more than usual

Other than that, LAX feels pretty normal. 

There are only two noticeable Covid-related changes. 

First, masks are required, and the rule is pretty well enforced. 

Second, social distancing is required, but nobody seems to care about enforcing it. 

Note: As everyone in Los Angeles knows, Covid rules change often. So check LAX’s website for any updates before flying. 

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