Despite the ongoing pandemic, passengers are flocking to Tulsa International Airport – KRMG 102.3 at the start of spring break
TULSA, okla. – Passenger traffic through Tulsa International Airport returned to pre-COVID levels over the weekend and Monday as many people tried to take their first family vacation since the pandemic started almost a year ago on Monday.
TIA spokesman Andrew Pierini said the numbers for passengers moving through the security checkpoint exceeded the numbers for Christmas and Thanksgiving, and exceeded 4,200 people last Friday, the first day of the Spring Break travel number in the time before exceeded the 2019 pandemic.
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“We have seen a lot of trust in people as more and more people are vaccinated,” said Pierini.
“We have also seen many people 65 and over complete both vaccination doses and they are ready to go outside and see their loved ones and have that hug and personal experience that many have not had since COVID started . “
He said all airlines are reporting that their flights are at full capacity.
“That exceeds what we saw for Christmas last year,” he said.
During rush hour such as early morning and even midday and afternoon, there was constipation for the first time in months from people trying to get through the security checkpoint.
In FOX23 News, many families traveled with children. Many told us that they were on their way to sunny vacation spots near a beach or a large amusement park.
Pierini said many who are trying their first vacation since COVID are looking for sunny places with outdoor activities that are less likely to contract the virus.
The airlines continue to strictly adhere to the guidelines for zero tolerance masks. For some international destinations, a negative COVID test or vaccination documentation is required to avoid mandatory quarantine.
According to Pierini, airlines are taking note of TIA’s data, and we could see short-term flight additions and potentially new seasonal routes as cash-strapped airlines that still operate mostly on government funds see a reliable Tulsa customer base ready to fly once again.