Holiday travel at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

The CDC is urging individuals not to travel this holiday season to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

According to AAA, there’s expected to be 60 percent less flights booked this year. They’re also anticipating that 96 percent of all holiday travel will be done by car, replacing other modes of transportation like planes.

At the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, they’ve seen a slow increase since the peak of the pandemic. In April, they were down 92 percent, yet a major improvement for November as they were only down 45 percent.

The airport is recovering quicker than their peers. Director of Marketing Chaille Munn said, “Well, we’re a smaller airport. The casino industry has been a big help. They’ve chartered guests in and out. We’ve also had the military and leisure travel that’s been really helpful for our recovery. We just haven’t seen yet is the corporate travel return.”

With the vaccine rolling out, they’re hoping to continue to see a steady increase with passengers.

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