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Decrease in air travel at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport due to delta variant, officials say

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport reporting a lower in travel between August and July.

Officials with the airport reported a 9 % lower with August reporting 45,726 passengers in contrast to 50,546 in July. Officials say much less travel is due to the unfold of the delta variant.

“Passengers are more comfortable with the measures taken by the airports and airlines to ensure their
safety,” acknowledged David Jeavons, interim govt director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission. “Due to the Delta variant, airlines are seeing bookings decrease during the third quarter and this will
impact travel overall. As this variant subsides, and as airlines rebuild their schedules, it is critical to use
our current service not only to keep it but also to have more restored and help our regional economy
recover. Air service will be even more important when our business customers return to the sky. We
continue to appreciate the community support for choosing ROA and not driving out of the market to fly.”

In a year-over-year comparability, officials say that general August had a 25 % lower from 2019 to 2021.

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