KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As COVID-19 restrictions loosen and the vaccine is extra accessible to those that need it, journey is getting a lift at Kansas Metropolis Worldwide Airport.
Journey for Memorial Day weekend in 2020 dropped greater than 90 % from 2019. That weekend, solely about 4,000 to 7,000 passengers traveled via KCI every day.
One 12 months later, journey has taken off. Spokesperson for KCI Justin Meyer stated Friday was the third busiest day for journey thus far in Might.
“I feel there’s plenty of components which are driving folks to return to journey. Snow in KC again in April can be a excessive reserving issue, folks getting photographs of their arms is admittedly important and folks being cooped up at house for a 12 months I feel is admittedly motivating folks to journey,” Meyer stated.
The rationale for every individual’s journey is completely different. For some, it is simply one other flight they must catch.
“It isn’t my first time getting out. My fortieth brithday was final July, so I roughed it and went to the coast. I’ve had my vaccine although so I’ve been touring since early March,” Erin Tohl stated.
For others, nerves are a bit excessive, particularly touring throughout a pandemic.
“I am just a little nervous. It is the primary time I have been on a aircraft. Me and my household normally go in a automotive to the place we’re touring,” Samuel Ledbetter stated.
Most journey via KCI is for holidays. Meyer stated enterprise journey has remained low, however expects these numbers to get off the bottom within the coming months.
The Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, Aviation Division experiences greater than 495,000 passengers traveled via KCI in April. That is a rise of greater than 1,000% in comparison with 2020, however nonetheless down from April 2019.
“It is completely reaffirming to see how shortly journey is recovering,” Meyer stated.
KCI will see about 30,000 folks arriving and departing on Friday and once more on Monday.