Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport’s passenger traffic jumps 27% between April and May

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Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The passenger traffic for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport continues to rebound with a 27 percent increase between the months of April and May.

Airport officials say 41,350 passengers flew via ROA in May 2021 versus 32,398 in April 2021. This is a jump of 8,952 passengers, which equates to 288 more passengers flying each day.

On a year-over-year basis, ROA says the airport saw a 547 percent increase in May 2021 traffic.

However when compared to the 65,026 people who flew via ROA May 2019, May 2021 traffic 36 percent lower — a decrease of 23,676 passengers from pre-pandemic travel levels.

With schools dismissing for summer and graduations, ROA says leisure traffic continues to bounce back, thus driving up traffic compared to April.

“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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