Passenger traffic slows 11% from January to February at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

Roanoke Valley News

An American Eagle plane sits on the tarmac at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. (Photo: Alexandria Savage/WFXR News)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) reported an 11 percent decrease in passenger traffic for February 2021 compared to January 2021.

According to airport officials, February saw 16,758 passengers fly via ROA, which is 2,241 passengers less than the 18,999 who flew in January. ROA says that loss of 2,241 passengers over the course of the month equates to approximately 80 less passengers flying each day.

The airport says the lack of business traffic, the typical
winter travel slowdown, and a shorter month contributed in driving February traffic down in comparison to January.

“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. “The February lull is historical, and we expect to see traffic increase through the winter and into spring. 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.”

On a year-over-year basis, ROA reportedly airport saw a 66 percent decrease in February 2021 traffic, but on a national level, traffic was also off by 66 percent.

More specifically, airport officials say 16,758 passengers flew via ROA in February 2021, a decrease of 32,929 passengers from the 49,687 who flew via ROA in February 2020.

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