Some 82,000 passengers handed by John Wayne Airport in May, greater than triple the quantity for April, however nonetheless off 90% from a yr in the past.
The airport’s site visitors is recovering with extra folks returning to fly as extra companies reopen and states transition to “the new normal.” However the airport continues to be seeing far fewer passengers than a yr in the past, when greater than 940,000 had traveled by the airport in May 2019.
The airport’s month-to-month passenger site visitors dropped as little as 25,313 in April, when governors throughout the nation issued stay-at-home orders to attempt to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus.
The variety of normal aviation flights – which incorporates private and pastime planes akin to Cessnas, in addition to non-public and enterprise jets – dropped by 14.5% in May in comparison with a yr in the past. However the variety of industrial and commuter flights plunged by greater than 70%. General, the variety of take-offs and landings dropped to 17,352, a 34.5% lower in comparison with a yr in the past.
The highest three airways based mostly on passenger depend have been Southwest Airways, American Airways and Alaska Airways.
As states proceed their reopening course of, the airport is wanting ahead to seeing extra folks journey by the air, airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson mentioned. “We are encouraged that May looks better than April, and we expect June to look better than May.”
The airport has elevated how typically its workers sanitizes high-touch areas akin to railings, she mentioned. Employees can be putting in protecting limitations at entrance desks and inspiring bodily distancing by decals and different measures, she mentioned.
Airport officers anticipate to make use of $45 million in federal help from a coronavirus aid invoice to pay for employees salaries and different working bills, she mentioned. The airport hasn’t laid off anybody, she mentioned.