Greater than 250,000 individuals traveled by way of Portland Worldwide Airport round Christmastime, eclipsing the airport’s vacation journey forecast however falling properly under 2019 figures.
From Dec. 17 to Dec. 27, the airport noticed about 254,300 vacationers, in accordance with preliminary knowledge. That’s over 30,000 extra vacationers than predicted however about 426,600 lower than the identical interval final yr — a roughly 63% lower.
December journey by way of the airport can be down about 69% compared with 2019 figures, in accordance with preliminary knowledge.
That falls consistent with journey figures from the Thanksgiving vacation, as properly.
Passenger volumes on the airport have been down 69% from a yr in the past during the 10-day Thanksgiving holiday period, in accordance with preliminary knowledge.
The decreased journey figures come as authorities inspired individuals to forgo household celebrations in hopes of curbing the unfold of COVID-19.
Oregon has tallied 1,449 deaths connected to the coronavirus — and December has been the state’s deadliest COVID month thus far, with 387 fatalities.
The busiest day of the December vacation journey interval was Sunday, when 26,468 vacationers handed by way of the airport, in accordance with a preliminary determine.
That’s reflective of nationwide figures, as Sunday additionally marked the highest number of U.S. airport travelers for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started.
— Jim Ryan
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