SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield-Branson Nationwide Airport mentioned it wasn’t as closely impacted as different airports by the COVID-19 pandemic and is looking forward to the longer term.
“We did higher than most, and that’s not bragging, it’s simply kind of a quirk of the market, loads of airports have been down about 60% whereas we have been down about 50%,” mentioned Kent Boyd, the airport spokesman.
In accordance with Boyd, all indicators level to a restoration as airways add extra seats to accomidate the anticipated improve in flyers throughout 2021. One examine by the U.S. Journey Asociation discovered 63% of People mentioned they desperately want a trip.
Boyd mentioned numbers might need been even decrease if it wern’t for leisure journey.
“The concensus within the trade proper now’s that leisure journey will come again the strongest first, then enterprise journey,” mentioned Boyd. “The massive query mark that everyone appears to have is how is buisness journey going to be affected general. All people has found the magic of Zoom so is it simpler from a enterprise perspective to do the zoom, or is it simpler to leap on a airplane and go meet head to head. Because the pandemic subsides, that’s a query that airways and companies are going to have to determine.”
Allegiant Airways introduced weekly flights from Springfield to Houston and United shall be resuming flights to Houston beginning in March.