ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With warmer weather and lessening restrictions, more and more people are hitting the road, and the air.
Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) saw a 21-percent increase in traffic between March and April of this year.
In April, the airport says 32,398 passengers fly via ROA compared to 26,559 in the month prior – which is an increase of 5,799 passengers.
The airports passenger increase equates to an average 193 more passengers flying each day.
These increases are being helped by increasing vaccination rates as well as the time of year that more people are traveling for leisure activities.
“Passengers are more comfortable with the measures taken by the airports and airlines to ensure their safety. Lower overall airfare has stimulated leisure demand, and as airlines rebuild their schedules, it is critical to use our current service not only to keep it but also to have more restored and help our regional economy recover. Air service will be even more important when our business customers return to the sky. We continue to appreciate the community support for choosing ROA and not driving out of the market to fly.”David Jeavons, Roanoke Regional Airport Commission’s Executive Director
ROA saw an increase of 1,677-percent on a year-over-year basis between April 2021 and April 2020; however, when compared to April 2019, traffic decreased by 46-percent.
April 2021’s 32,398 passengers flying out of ROA was still a decent drop when compared to pre-pandemic’s April 2019 travel when 60.965 passengers flew out of ROA — a decrease of 28,567 passengers between the two years.