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Tallahassee International Airport sees slight rise in travel

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 18:03:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Like many airports around the country, business is slowly improving at the Tallahassee International Airport.

Director of Aviation Jim Durwin says when COVID-19 started, travel dropped 96 percent compared to last year.

Four months later, travel is down just 76 percent from 2019.

Durwin says people are slowing starting to travel again, but it will be a while before things are back to normal.

"Those numbers are really consistent with what we are seeing from across the country," said Durwin. "The industry experts tell us and we anticipate that this recovery is going to be slow and it's going to be probably prolonged. We think it's going to be several more months before we really start to see measurable improvements in travel."

In the meantime, he says CARES Act funds are helping them stay afloat.

The airport wants travelers to know they are focused on keeping you safe by enforcing social distancing, requiring masks, and following CDC recommendations.