Austin airport passenger traffic drops 97% in April amid coronavirus pandemic


Photo: Tom Miller/KXAN

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s not a surprising number, but Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s April passenger traffic numbers were still staggering compared to April 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AUS reports passenger traffic decreased by 96.6% in comparison to last April with 47,781 total passengers flying during the month.

The rate of passengers who boarded a plane at AUS during April 2020 was down by 96.6% to 24,463.

Airport officials released the number of passengers by airline:

  • Southwest Airlines: 19,337 total passengers (down 96.1% compared to April 2019)
  • American Airlines: 13,255 total passengers (down 94.7%)
  • Delta Air Lines: 6,130 total passengers (down 96.9%)
  • United Airlines: 4,194 total passengers (down 98%)
  • Spirit Airlines: 1,614 total passengers (down 97.4%)
  • Alaska Airlines: 1,493 total passengers (down 97.2%)
  • Frontier Airlines: 1,292 total passengers (down 97.1%)
  • JetBlue Airways: 466 total passengers (down 99%)

Cargo numbers at AUS were also down for the month of April. Total air cargo was down 11.5% compared to April last year. International air cargo was down 89.9% with 248,187 lbs.

April’s numbers show a dramatic drop off from March, when 700,655 passengers flew through AUS. That had been the lowest monthly total since February 2013.

The total in April is the lowest number – by far – in passenger traffic numbers that are publicly available, which date back to January 2012. The previous low point had been 655,559 passengers in February 2012.

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