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Lincoln Airport, travel agents see steady rise in traveling passengers

Lincoln Airport, travel agents see steady rise in travelling passengers
Lincoln Airport, travel agents see steady rise in travelling passengers(Jared Austin)
Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 9:48 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Masking policies are still in effect through September at airports, but the Lincoln Airport is seeing a steady rise in passengers. In April and May, they’re averaging 73% capacity on flights. In May of 2020, it was down around 8%.

As airports become steadily busier, travel agents are also seeing more business.

Odyssey Travel president Valerie Holmes said, “All of December in the Caribbean is pretty much sold out.”

Oddysey Travel had a slower 2020 with strict flight restrictions in place, but it’s a different story to start this year.

“The phones are ringing and people are out there wanting to know where they can go, where is safe to go and what sort of travel restrictions of where to travel to,” Holmes said.

A tricky part about this, Holmes said, international guidelines change daily. Doctors with CHI Health said if you plan to travel internationally, you should get tested three to five days after returning if you’ve been vaccinated.

If you haven’t been vaccinated, they said it’s best to quarantine at least a week.

CHI Health’s chief of infectious disease, Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan, said, “We have to follow all of those to keep each other protected because we don’t want more variants in our community and cause more issues.”

The Lincoln Airport is seeing business pick up first hand. Delta Airlines is coming back next week returning its Minneapolis flight.

The airport is also expecting increased capacity on United Airlines flights next month.

Lincoln Airport’s Director of Customer Engagement, Rachel Barth, said, “Now that people are vaccinated and free to travel and flying is not as big of an issue as it used to be, we’re definitely seeing that passenger confidence come back and it’s definitely increased morale.”

The airport is averaging around 160 passengers a day and staff said pre-booking numbers show it only getting better.

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