The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport saw an increase in June traffic of 112 percent over May 2020. June saw 13,566 passengers fly via ROA compared to 6,387 in May of 2020, an increase of 7,179 passengers. The airport’s gain of 7,179 passengers from May to June equates to 239 more passengers flying each day, as the state entered Phase Two of reopening.
The airport saw a decrease in June traffic of 77 percent on a year-over-year basis. June saw 13,566 passengers fly via ROA compared to 61,627 in June of 2019, a decrease of 48,061 passengers. Year-to-date passenger traffic as of June 2020 was down 55 percent versus 2019 with 153,139 passengers served this year compared to 341,726 in 2019. Despite traffic being down year over year, the downward trend bottomed out in April and passengers are returning to the airport.
“We are pleased to see the passenger traffic rebounding this summer,” stated Timothy T. Bradshaw, A.A.E., executive director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission. “Passengers are confident in the measures implemented by the airlines and airport to ensure the safety of passengers. We hope to see this upward trend continue into the fall as the pandemic threat diminishes. As airlines rebuild their schedules for the new demand environment, it is critical to use our air service to keep it and help our economy grow. We continue to appreciate the support of our community choosing to fly ROA and not driving out of market to fly.”