Shreveport Regional Airport seeing more holiday travelers compared to 2020

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 3:49 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The day before Thanksgiving is a busy day for travel, particularly at the Shreveport Regional Airport.

Dozens of people can be seen arriving and departing at the airport on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Airport leaders said they have seen more travelers flying this year compared to this time last year.

“This year is far busier than it was last year. We’re up about 40 percent over 2020 numbers. Again, there was a much reduced capacity in 2020 compared to this year, but even still the numbers this year are right on par with 2020 numbers, which we’re very thankful for,” said Mark Crawford, marketing director for the Shreveport Regional Airport.

As flyers pack their luggage, Crawford wants to remind them to pack their mask too.

“We’re still under a federal mask mandate so that means anybody coming into the airport whether you’re traveling or not is required to wear a mask while in the building and while you’re on the aircraft as well,” said Crawford.

Some people said they are more willing to travel this year because they feel protected against COVID-19.

“I’ve been vaccinated and got my booster so I feel very safe,” said Michael Janusz.

“The vaccine is out, a lot of people have gotten it and the booster, so I feel safer this year than last year,” said Ruthie Otis.

According to AAA, the busiest time to travel is between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the day before Thanksgiving. Along with Thanksgiving, experts say the busiest travel times are Christmas and summer.

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