HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Passenger numbers at Harrisburg International Airport in the days around Christmas fell by more than half – but less than the average drop for U.S. airports, according to the airport. From December 22 to December 28, the number of passengers passing through the Harrisburg TSA checkpoint declined 52% from the same dates in 2019. Nationally, the drop was 57%. The decrease is attributable to a decrease in the number of regular airline seats, followed by a decrease in the percentage of seats remaining occupied. The passenger occupancy factor – the airline industry’s occupancy term – was 58% for the period, which Scott Miller, the airport spokesperson, said was higher than this. than the airport had expected. December 27, the Sunday after Christmas, was the airport’s busiest day since March. Health officials, including Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, continue to discourage non-essential travel, whether by air or other modes of transportation. Freight, on the other hand, including carriers like FedEx, UPS and DHL, was on track, shortly before the end of the month, to set an all-time high for December in terms of the number of cargo flights operated at the airport. . Beyond the holiday period, the airport seemed unlikely to continue setting passenger records during the pandemic era. “When you get into January, which is always a slow time of the year, we’ll see the numbers go back down until the end of January, maybe until February,” Miller said. According to an ABC27 analysis of Cirium’s hourly data, the declines will be further driven by some of the airport’s five airlines than by others. Here is the drop for each airline, in terms of weekly seats planned departing from Harrisburg for January 2021 compared to January 2020: Airline January 2021 seats vs January 2020 Delta-28% Allegiant-31% United-45% American- 57% Frontier-58% HIA overall-46% (Source: ABC27 analysis of Cirium calendar data).
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