In April of this yr, Cape Air noticed 26 passengers board their plane out of Martha’s Winery Airport— a 94 p.c drop from the yr earlier than.Traditionally, airport director Cindi Martin advised The Occasions, air visitors to and from the airport is at its highest between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Spring visitors was depressed on the airport because of COVID-19 (the identical for airports nationwide).And though exercise on the airport continues to be diminished, Martin mentioned nationwide developments level to a rise in air visitors every single day.Presently, Cape Air is the one provider serving the airport, however Martin mentioned bigger nationwide carriers do nonetheless intend to supply service to the Island this summer season. JetBlue has pushed the beginning of its season from the traditional date of mid-may, out to the primary of July, and can proceed service by way of the autumn. Delta and American Airways will each be beginning in late June, and can finish their service shortly after Labor Day. Martin mentioned that final yr, Delta and American began late too.The social distancing facet of flying has, in keeping with Martin, been a problem for carriers as they handle the logistics of getting passengers in an enclosed plane. Due to this, TSA on the airport is engaged on placing collectively and having in place some social distancing protocols for protecting passengers separate.Enterprise journey on the airport and nationwide is anticipated to be gradual to get again up to the mark, in keeping with Martin, though uncertainty abounds with regard to what this summer season will imply for airports.“We really don’t know what this summer will look like. It’s going to be interesting to see what the numbers are when the season is over,” Martin mentioned. “We have never had to manage anything like this.”As an airport, employees and administration are approaching the season by taking as many well being and security precautions as potential to make sure the well-being of employees and prospects.The airport has already been doing enhanced cleansing, and Martin mentioned that has turn out to be the norm for each day operations for the foreseeable future. “Some things will stick. There is no doubt that air travel is going to look different system-wide for people,” Martin mentioned.In keeping with Martin, staff have been performing well being checks on themselves earlier than they arrive to work, and are implementing new protocols for private protecting tools and hygiene.Whether or not or not visitors to and from the airport is drastically completely different, Martin mentioned the ability is obligated to supply service to passengers.“Regardless of whether one airplane lands, or 100 planes land, we have to continue to operate our facility,” Martin mentioned. The airport is hiring the identical quantity of employees as they might every other summer season with a purpose to be ready.