Norfolk International Airport is having its busiest week since the pandemic


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NORFOLK, Virginia – Norfolk International Airport has had its busiest week since the start of the pandemic, with more than 35,000 passengers departing from the airport.

“From April to May, we saw a 24% increase,” said Steve Sterling, deputy executive director of the Norfolk Airport Authority.

The airport saw a 536% increase from May 2020 to May 2021.

“What we’re seeing is that the demand for travel is going up and coming back, and the airlines are responding to that by adding capacity to that market,” Sterling said.

Norfolk International airlines now offer up to 34 destinations, down from just 18 that were offered in January.

But some airlines are struggling to keep up with demand. American Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights this week.

Here’s how it affects Norfolk.

“It had an impact on an afternoon flight to Dallas, but for the most part American still fills her schedule here in Norfolk,” Sterling said.

But with more travelers comes more challenges.

“We’re seeing an increase in guns at the checkpoint – not just here in Norfolk, but it’s nationwide,” Sterling said.

He encourages passengers to get out of an empty bag to make sure there are no guns in the bag.

Passengers say they feel safer in flight now that they have received their COVID-19 vaccines.

“It’s been about a year since we got on the plane. There is so much uncertainty with the pandemic, and we just wanted to make sure we were smart about it, honestly,” said one passenger.

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Janae Fisher has not traveled for two years and recently got the vaccine.

“One great thing was COVID and everything. I feel more secure.” Fisher said.

Sterling says the airport expects the travel trend to continue into the summer.

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