Passenger traffic increases at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport as July 4th approaches

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Travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)– The Fourth of July holiday weekend is just two days, and for Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, they are seeing an increase in passengers flying. Airport officials say they have hit a milestone when it comes to flights since the pandemic began.

“We have about 25 to 30 departures a day, depending on the day of the week. Today, of the 30 flights scheduled out, 25 of them were booked at 95-percent capacity,” said Brad Boettcher, Director of Marketing and Airport Service Development.

Boettcher says the airport has seen a 27% increase in traffic since the start of the pandemic. From April to May, airport officials say they are seeing 288 more passengers are flying each day.

Much of this is due to school being out for the summer, lifted COVID-19 restrictions, and more people traveling for graduations, according to the airport.

“Passengers are more comfortable with the measures taken by the airports and airlines to ensure their safety,” stated David Jeavons, interim executive director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission in a press release from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport.

However, with more people in the airport, Boettcher says the airport is ready for the increase in demand by making sure travelers are following Federal Aviation Administration. From passengers continuing to wear masks to abiding by the six-foot COVID-19 guidance, travelers will find that the airport is doing everything in its power to make them feel safe.

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