337,227 fewer travelers have flown out of ABIA so far this month than this time last April

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Along with most airports nationwide, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has seen a huge reduction in the amount of traffic passing through during the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders.

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So far this month, ABIA has seen 337,227 fewer travelers come through than at this point in the month last April.

The total flyers for April 1-15, 2019 was 348,957 — compared to April 1-15, 2020’s total of 11,730, it’s easy to see COVID-19’s impact on air travel.

“These low numbers show that folks are taking the orders to stay home seriously. And that’s a good thing, though we look forward to seeing our passengers again soon when the time is right,” said Bryce Dubee, ABIA’s Senior Public Information Specialist.

Dubee stresses that these low-traveler totals are trends all airports are seeing right now. ABIA remains open, he says, for those taking essential trips, which include caring for a sick family member or for those who are medical personnel.

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration will give $811,535,430 in airport aid to 210 Texas airports to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FAA says the funding will help aid operations of airports and to make up for lost revenue.

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