Uptick in air travel as restrictions ease up and vaccines continue

COVID-19 hit the airline industry pretty hard, but as more people are getting vaccinated and restrictions are lifted on land, there’s been an uptick in air travel across the nation.

According to the most recent numbers released by the TSA, yesterday, April 13th, saw 1,085,034 people traveling by air in the United States compared to just 87,534 people that day one year ago in 2020.

Yesterday’s numbers are encouraging, but still less than half of the airline passengers documented by the TSA two years ago in 2019.

As for the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the first quarter of the year saw a steady uptick in airline passengers and airport leaders remain optimistic about the rest of the year’s outlook.

For those planning to fly by air anytime soon, some good advice. Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Executive Director Clay Williams said, “We encourage those who are traveling, since this evolves on a day-to-day basis with great frequency, to check with your airline. Also check with the market where you may be traveling. So, from state to state, country to country those processes and protocols that are in place vary. So, it’s important that you do some advanced planning as a traveler. Do that so you can have a nice, safe, enjoyable trip.”

Regardless of where you’re heading, you must wear a mask at all times at U.S. airports upon entering the facility, at checkpoints, and on flights while also adhering to other safety measures in places such as social distancing.

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