Central Nebraska Regional Airport sees increase in holiday travel numbers

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 7:59 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With turkey day on Thursday, airports across the country are seeing quite a bit of traffic coming through their doors.

Central Nebraska Regional Airport Executive Director Mike Olson said they had more people traveling this Thanksgiving when compared to last year’s. Though they had the more than usual number of travelers at their airport, he said everything had been running smoothly. Anyone entering the facility and while on the plane were required to wear a face mask. Olson said despite the pandemic, the flights were packed tight.

“They’re all full basically from I would say as early as last Friday and I think that yesterday is the peak day so far this week … very, very solid numbers,” Olson said.

Before getting the actual digits, Olson had predicted the number of travelers at CNRA had increased by about 25% when compared to the previous thanksgiving travel. He said there were reasons he expected such an increase.

“A lot of people have been vaccinated, that gives them a sense of security, you know, you’re still required to wear a face mask in the terminal and on flights, I think people are feeling a little bit more confident, more safe. And it’s been awhile since they’ve traveled,” he noted.

He continued, at the end of the day, the airport staff was taking extra steps to keep the planes clean for the next passengers to help prevent to spread of COVID-19.

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