ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — More passengers are flying through the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA), which reported 46,654 passengers flew in June compared to 41,350 passengers in May. That is a 12-percent increase in traffic.
According to the airport, the increase of 5,304 passengers from May to June breaks down to 177 more passengers flying each day as leisure travel continues to rebound.
“Passengers are more comfortable with the measures taken by the airports and airlines to ensure their safety,” said 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.”
However, while officials say there is an increase in passengers, the year-over-year comparison shows a 25 percent decrease in traffic from June 2019. ROA reported pre-pandemic traffic levels were at 62,321 passengers in June 2019 as opposed to 46,654 passengers in June 2021.
Officials tell WFXR News that the airport is open and operational. They have also executed enhanced cleaning protocols to make the airport as safe as possible for passengers.
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