‘Pack your persistence and are available a little bit bit early,’ the airport recommends to vacationers.
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia Metropolitan Airport has seen a decline in vacationers because the begin of the pandemic, however they’re anticipating to see extra site visitors for the vacation season.
“We nonetheless will see an uptick in passenger site visitors across the holidays. So, what I all the time say is pack your persistence and are available a little bit bit early,” mentioned spokesperson Kim Jamieson.
Jamieson mentioned CAE has seen a 62% lower in site visitors when evaluating the primary week of November to final yr’s.
However with Thanksgiving and Christmas across the nook, their numbers are slowly growing, Jamieson mentioned.
The airport is sustaining the identical security and cleansing protocols they carried out in March to assist hold everybody protected.
“We’re encouraging masks on the airport. When you don’t have a masks, there are free masks obtainable on the data desk,” mentioned Jamieson. “We even have spacing markers all through to make sure in these excessive site visitors areas individuals are attempting to be as socially distanced as attainable.”
Chella Passante, an out-of-town customer, flew in Friday evening for a pal’s child bathe. She advised News19 she has flown a number of occasions in the course of the pandemic.
“The measures that the airways are taking to scrub and sanitize every thing is extraordinary. So, truthfully, [airports and airplanes] are most likely the 2 most secure locations to be proper now, if you happen to’re going to be within the public,” mentioned Passante.
Passante added that she’s an avid traveler and shared this recommendation for anybody that desires to remain protected whereas they fly: “Simply be sure you wash your palms, convey hand sanitizer, all of the airways are offering moist wipes, so you may have that too, and simply attempt to keep as socially distanced as you may.”
To assist with the anticipated enhance in journey over the vacations, the airport is including three extra continuous routes. They’ll be to Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando beginning December seventeenth.