ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Between February and March, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport saw a 58 percent increase in traffic, with 9,841 more passengers flying in March than in February.
According to a statement released by the airport on Wednesday, May 12, 26,599 passengers flew via ROA in March versus 16,758 in February, which equates to 317 more passengers flying each day.
Airport officials say spring break and other leisure travel is rebounding while a longer month drove traffic up compared to February.
On a year-over-year basis, the airport saw a seven percent decrease in March 2021 traffic, but nationally, that traffic was off 55 percent, according to ROA.
The airport says 26,599 passengers flew via ROA in March 2021 compared to 28,660 in March 2020, a decrease of 2,061 passengers when traffic was beginning to slow from the pandemic.
However, when comparing traffic in March 2021 to March 2019, the airport saw a 54 percent decrease, a loss of 31,537 passengers.
“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. “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.”