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.
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.
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.
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
- 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?
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.