Holiday Air Travel Numbers

Numbers of passengers are getting back to normal

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Thanksgiving is just a few days away and people are getting ready to travel for the holiday.  After a record low number of passengers last year airlines are looking to see numbers rebound.

Rachel Barth, the director of communications for the Lincoln airport, said they are seeing some good indicators that recovery is getting closer and the airlines are planning for that.  They are looking at adding flights and additional staff.  At the Lincoln airport they are already seeing nine to ten flights per day which is what they were pre-pandemic.

Barth did note that people are waiting longer to purchase flights instead of booking them months in advance.  She said that if you book closer to the date of departure the cost will be higher.

According to Rachel, this week the airlines at LNK are seeing ,”heavy passenger loads Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.  Thursday it drops of dramatically because it’s Thanksgiving, same with Friday.  Those numbers start peaking back up Saturday and Sunday”

She wants to also remind fliers that masks are required inside the airport (this is for all airports), not just on the planes themselves.  Some destinations also require proof of vaccination or a negative test, so be sure to check double check before getting to the airport.

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