“We’re certainly doing a lot better than last year. I don’t know if anything could be worse than last year,” said Linda Hughes, a spokeswoman for the airport.
For the Thanksgiving travel period, from last Wednesday through Monday, seats flying from the airport should be about 95% full, she said.
“2019 levels, we’ll be lucky if we get there by 2023,” Adam Pilarski, senior vice president with Chantilly, Virginia-based aviation consulting firm Avitas Inc., told the Dayton Daily News.
COVID-19 is still very much a factor when it comes to air travel. “My belief is, it’s going to take time.”
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Friday, Nov. 19, was the single busiest air travel day nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, as it screened 2.24 million travelers.
The TSA expected to screen about 20 million air passengers during the Thanksgiving travel period, compared with nearly 26 million in the same time period in 2019, Reuters News Service reported.