ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Amid the summer travel season, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) reportedly saw an eight percent traffic increase in July compared to June as leisure travel continues to rebound.
More specifically, airport officials say that 50,546 passengers flew via ROA in July compared to 46,654 in
June . That increase of 3,892 passengers from June to July breaks down to 125 more passengers flying each day.
On a year-over-year basis, the airport says it saw a 140 percent jump in July traffic.
When compared to pre-pandemic levels, though, ROA traffic dropped by 17 percent, going from 61,627 passengers in July 2019 to 50,546 passengers in July 2021, according to officials.
“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.”
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