Travel Numbers Bouncing Back from COVID

Travel Numbers Bouncing Back from COVID

What a difference one year makes. This time last year, most of us were still working from home, figuring out how to work TikTok, and canceling all of our vacation plans. Travel numbers at Yeager Airport were close to single digits, and no one was sure when or if this pandemic would come to an end.

How empty was CRW on Memorial Day Weekend 2020? Let’s look at the passenger numbers from 5-27 through 5-31 of last year.

  • 5/27 – 80 passengers
  • 5/28 – 90 passengers
  • 5/29 – 96 passengers
  • 5/30 – 95 passengers
  • 5/31 – 83 passengers
Travel Numbers

CRW’s 20 minute parking lot sits mostly empty in March of 2020. Only ticketed passengers were allowed in the terminal during the lockdown.

 

To give you a reference point, CRW averaged between 700 and 800 daily passenger’s pre-pandemic. One (long) year and a whole lot of vaccinations later, and the numbers for MDW 2021 were a sight for sore eyes.

  • 5/27 – 741 passengers
  • 5/28 – 824 passengers
  • 5/29 – 812 passengers
  • 5/30 – 851 passengers
  • 5/31 – 801 passengers

 

Travel Numbers are Coming Back

The passenger numbers from the holiday weekend align with what we have been seeing at CRW over the last few months. And we are expecting our passenger numbers to keep rising. Starting June 6th, American Airlines’ route from Charleston, WV to Philadelphia, PA, is returning. With that flight back in operation, all of the routes that were temporarily paused at CRW because of COVID-19 are back in operation.

 

 

Travel Numbers Bouncing Back at CRW

Low cost air carrier Spirit Airlines is helping travel numbers bounce back at Yeager Airport

Travel Numbers Bouncing Back Quicker Than Expected

There are many different answers to that question. At the beginning of the pandemic, experts predicted countries with large domestic markets would bounce back first, and the United States has one of the biggest domestic markets in the world.

Airports across the country, including CRW, have also spent tons of time and money ensuring passengers can travel safely. CRW installed UV-C filters, cleaned out every HVAC duct, had round-the-clock cleaning of high touch surfaces, just to name a few.

The heightened cleaning, along with masks and a quick vaccine rollout, has lead people back to the skies. And CRW is here for it!

Are COVID Measures Still in Place at CRW?

Although the federal mask mandate was eased, the mandate still states that face coverings must be worn in airports and airplanes. Our passengers at CRW have done an incredible job wearing masks throughout the pandemic, and for that, we thank you.

 

Travel Numbers

Spirit Gate Agent wearing her mask while checking travelers in.

Thank You

It has been a long road to get back to some normalcy. We are happy to see you and your families again at CRW. And if you are waiting for your flight and want to show us some of the TikTok dances you learned last year, we would love to see those too!

 

Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in and on the airport and failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry.
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