Long lines, fewer vehicle sharing vehicles, and surge pricing reports led to frustrated passengers in the new travel lot and taxi at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday, the busiest travel day of the week .
LAX officials have warned travelers to prepare for the Sunday tide, with the airport expecting nearly 54,000 passengers arriving between 5pm and midnight – 16.5% more than 45,000 Saturday night, according to an airport press release.
This was the first Sunday since the airport has implemented a new sharing and fare policy requiring all passengers to leave the airport by taxi or ride ̵
The displacement led to confusion and anger from passengers and drivers. Travelers expressed dissatisfaction with the long lines and even made claims that stock prices jumped.
One person told NBCLA that a trip home from the airport usually costs about $ 40. On Sunday, the traveler said the trip would cost $ 140.
Aside from pricing, part of the problem seems to be the lack of stock vehicles entering the lot, possibly due to traffic entering the airport area.  The new LAX system was intended to reduce traffic during the construction of the Automatic People Mover train.
"Sunday is always the busiest day of the week for LAX and it is expected that this first Sunday of LAX will be no exception. [Los Angeles World Airports] employees are doing everything they can to make the peak of the week as smooth as possible, "LAX said in a press release earlier in the day.
The number of shuttles carrying passengers to LAX was increased by 15% from Friday to 35 vehicles, and a message Sunday explained that additional shuttles and staff would be available to improve driving time.
The curb drop was not affected by the new policy, but airport officials said that the new policy has cleared up traffic at the upper and lower levels in flight
An average of 13,000 fewer vehicles per day were reported through the airport's central terminal areas during the first five days of LAX than in the previous week, according to a press release.