BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – The coronavirus has slowed down business and leisure travel nationwide, and even with some economic recovery, air travel has not bounced back. That includes the Burlington airport, where the number of flights has dropped by 70 percent and has meant fewer options for people looking to fly.
An empty airport reflects the decline in travel during the coronavirus pandemic
“Flights were not what they were a year ago. Flights are down substantially,” said Gene Richards, director of aviation at the Burlington International Airport. He says they normally see around 9,000 travelers a week this time of the year. Now, they are seeing around 3,000.
Despite the low numbers, no airlines have pulled out of Burlington. “The good news is that many airports our size have lost all service and we actually have — all the airlines are still here and still flying,” Richards said.