Airline Geek - Ryan Ewing
Even with record-setting passenger volumes, more than half of U.S. airports surveyed in a new report say they have not recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
Despite rebounding demand for domestic air travel, many U.S. airports are still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to new research from Aerocloud – a tech-based airport management platform – 51% of airports report that revenues have not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
As passenger traffic has increased, 45% of the 100 airport leaders surveyed say they also don’t have enough staff. A ‘concerning’ 61% of airport leaders identify this staffing challenge as a ‘significant risk to their operations’ in the upcoming 12 months, the report stated.
The company’s report comes on the heels of another record-shattering holiday travel period for U.S. airlines and airports. On Sunday, November 26, 2023, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported that just over 2.9 million individuals entered its checkpoints at airports across the U.S., the busiest single day in the agency’s history.