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More passengers taking off from Blue Grass Airport

Monthly passenger numbers increase for first time since pandemic.
Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 5:11 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For the first time since the pandemic started, more passengers traveled through Blue Grass Airport than the year before.

Statistics for March show a 3.9 percent increase in passengers compared to March 2020. The total number of passengers was 60,648 which was 2,266 more than in March 2020.

“We are starting to see our travelers return. It’s a great site,” said Amy Caudill, director of marketing at Bluegrass Airport.

In the days and weeks after Kentucky reported its first COVID-19 case on March 6, 2020, air travel dropped dramatically. The following month it plummeted 96.5 percent compared to April 2019.

Among the four airlines serving Blue Grass Airport, Allegiant and American saw year-to-year increases in the number of passengers while Delta and United welcomed fewer passengers on board than they did a year ago.

Caudill tells us that with the vaccines becoming more prevalent, new case numbers going down, and warmer weather on the horizon, she’s hopeful that the coming months will see more travelers in the terminals.

“In comparison to our numbers prior to the pandemic we’re still about 50% down, so we still have a ways to go but we’re seeing some promising signs ahead,” Caudill said. “If you look at our parking lots we’re starting to fill up and certainly in front of the terminal, you’ll notice the increase in cars. If you were here during other times in the pandemic, you’ll definitely start to notice a difference.”

Caudill says that there are still plenty of precautions in place that you should be prepared for if you are traveling, such as plexiglass dividers at check-in, social distancing stickers, and required masks.

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