Air journey is anticipated to select again up within the Quad Cities after a 60% lower in flights final yr.
“We do consider that the worst is behind us,” Ashleigh Johnston, the general public relations and advertising and marketing supervisor for the Quad Metropolis Worldwide Airport mentioned.
Though there are nonetheless quite a lot of unknowns about how the journey business will endlessly be impacted by the pandemic, Johnston mentioned journey numbers are presently regular.
“Which isn’t essentially a foul factor, as a result of January is among the lowest months of the yr. It’s simply not a well-liked month to journey it doesn’t matter what yr it’s. And we have now been in a position to preserve our passengers. So I feel we’ll proceed to see some will increase because the yr goes on,” she mentioned.
Johnston mentioned leisure journey is coming again sooner than enterprise journey as individuals rebook cancelled 2020 holidays.
With masks and elevated cleansing, Davenport native Austin Teel is heading to Arizona with associates. He mentioned he feels secure touring.
“If it matches my schedule and I nonetheless really feel like issues are secure, then yeah, I’ll nonetheless proceed to journey,” he mentioned.
Teel is a newlywed, and mentioned he and his spouse postponed their honeymoon which was overseas.
“We didn’t need something wild to occur to us. So issues like that, greater journeys, we’ve sort of been on the extra precautionary facet,” he mentioned.
And as proof of COVID-19 vaccines could possibly be required to fly afterward, which some are calling “vaccine passports, Johnston says there’s so much to think about when deciding journey necessities. One of many greatest considerations is vaccine rollout since pictures are nonetheless restricted for almost all of the U.S. inhabitants.
“I feel it’s extra advanced than simply do we want a [vaccine] passport or not, and I feel we will definitely be taking note of these conversations which might be taking place,” she mentioned.