Richmond Times-Dispatch

Airport passenger traffic continues its decline in October

- BY GREGORY J. GILLIGAN ggilligan@timesdispa­tch.com (804) 649-6379

Richmond Internatio­nal Airport continued to experience declines in passenger travel last month because of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Passenger traffic fell 65.2% in October compared with a year ago and was basically flat last month from the 65.78% decline in September, the Capital Region Airport Commission reported Tuesday.

Still, the figures in October are an improvemen­t from this spring when Richmond Internatio­nal Airport experience­d dramatic declines because of the pandemic.

Passenger traffic dropped 65.78% in September, 69.48% in August,

70% in July, 79.9% in June, 91.6% in May, 96.4% in April and 50.4% in March.

For the calendar year, passenger traffic is down 60.5% compared with the same period in 2019.

The airport handled 136,722, passengers in October down from 393,124 passengers using the airport during the same month a year ago.

In terms of market share among the airlines, American Airlines had the largest share with 37.63% of the passengers using the airport. Delta Air Lines had the next largest market share with 25.17%, followed by United Airlines at 16.96%, Southwest Airlines at 6.67%, JetBlue Airways at 5.14% and Spirit Airlines was at 4.12%.

At Norfolk Internatio­nal Airport, passenger traffic fell 53.5% in October compared with a year ago. Since January, passenger count has decreased 55.8% compared with the same period in 2019.

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