ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Passenger count at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) from August to September was flat, the airport reported Friday.
A total of 21,659 passengers flew in September compared to 21,704 passengers in August, a reduction of 45 passengers.
The airport saw 64% less traffic in September 2020 than it did the same month last year. That month, 60,523 passengers flew through ROA.
Year-to-date traffic continues to be down at the airport. So far this year, 217,531 passengers flew out of ROA, a 58% drop from the same period in 2019 of 525,584 passengers.
The decline this year is due to coronavirus-related restrictions which drastically altered businesses across America.
“We are pleased to see passenger traffic holding steady as we move out of summer and into the fall,” said Timothy T. Bradshaw, A.A.E., executive director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission. “Passengers are more and more comfortable in the measures taken by the air carriers and airports to ensure their safety. We hope traffic grows through the fall. Lower overall airfare has stimulated 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 economy grow. We continue to appreciate the support of our community, choosing ROA, and not driving out of the market to fly.”
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