CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The variety of folks taking to the skies is on the rise as pandemic restrictions ease. Based on Charleston Worldwide Airport, solely half as many individuals traveled by way of the airport in March 2020 than in March 2019. However, taking a look at March 2021, passenger numbers are up by 12%. April’s enhance is anticipated to be even larger, however totals won’t be launched till early subsequent month.
Here’s a breakdown of passenger numbers reported by Charleston Worldwide.
One native journey agent, Allison Tolbert, says she’s swamped with journey reserving requests as extra individuals are able to get out and about.
“Right here in Charleston on the east coast, we have now loads of Caribbean. Plenty of Mexico. Folks need a continuous flight, they need to journey safely,” mentioned Tolbert.
She says she believes folks need to get in another country, however nonetheless stay in a sure consolation zone. In lots of circumstances that consolation zone means staying in the identical time zone.
“Everyone seems to be form of feeling extra snug about getting away and getting out of the home so we’re seeing a surge,” defined Tolbert.
A part of that newfound consolation is from many individuals being absolutely vaccinated. Dr. Scott Curry of MUSC says having a vaccine is essentially the most promising approach to stay secure throughout journey.
“One of many nicest carats we are able to provide folks which have been vaccinated is the flexibility to journey safely. Now we have good proof that in case you’ve been absolutely vaccinated which means you’ve obtained each vaccines and two weeks behind you after that second dose, ought to you’ve gotten the Pfizer of Moderna vaccines, then you’re considerably safer to journey than any level earlier than then,” mentioned Dr. Curry.
The rise in journey comes as The State Division has simply launched up to date journey restrictions. The USA ‘Do Not Journey’ checklist has been expanded to 80% of the world. To learn the up to date restrictions, click here.