MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) — Harrisburg International Airport has traditionally seen round eight % of its vacationers utilizing international journey to and from the airport, which has decreased considerably over the final yr and a half.
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Many international locations have banned journey from the United States or positioned vaccination guidelines in impact to make sure vacationers are vaccinated. Because of this, flights to Europe have seen a big drop. One space that has seen a really regular fee of journey is the Caribbean. “San Juan and St. Thomas are our top two destinations for international travel in 2021. We see about 36 people per day traveling internationally, which is still down from 125 people per day in 2019,” Scott Miller, Deputy Director of Marketing & PR at Harrisburg International Airport mentioned.
“Canada was typically the biggest driver for international traffic from Harrisburg before the pandemic, but their COVID-19 restrictions throughout the pandemic made travel numbers over the border decline sharply,” Miller mentioned. “Europe was also a big travel destination, but [as of October 5, 2021], several countries are either restricting or banning travel from the United States, and that has also put a damper on the number of people who are traveling outside the country.” Sweden and Bulgaria are utterly banning journey from the states. France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are requiring vacationers to supply proof of vaccination for any journeys which can be deemed nonessential.
Coronavirus numbers are once more starting to say no throughout the nation, due to a gradual however regular vaccination push. The delta variant wreaked havoc on hospitals and different care services for a majority of the summer time, with instances in Pennsylvania pushing again into the 1000’s and a few hospitals reaching max capability for beds obtainable. It is but to be seen how journey can be affected for 2022 and past, however there’s hope that the world will quickly return to what we noticed in 2019 and earlier than.