BHM Reports July Passenger Traffic
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – August 13, 2020 –Passenger traffic at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) continues to gradually increase after declining sharply due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In July, 40,685 passengers departed BHM, a decrease of 70% from July of 2019 but a significant improvement compared to 6,288 enplaned passengers during the month of April. July’s total passenger count of arrivals and departures was 81,935 compared to 276,486 in 2019. Passenger traffic overall is down 58% for the year.
Passenger traffic across the United States is down approximately 75% from this time last year as air service across the country continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Over the past few months, BHM’s passenger traffic activity has been in line or slightly higher than the national growth trend.
Daily flights at BHM increased in July as the airlines added more flight frequencies and reinstated more nonstop service. In September, Southwest will add new nonstop service to Denver.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, BHM has deployed enhanced cleaning protocols and upgraded its disinfecting and cleaning solutions. Frequent cleanings continue around the clock with deep cleanings and disinfecting at night with electrostatic spray technology. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the airport and plexiglass shields are installed in customer interaction areas to further protect passengers and airport workers.
The airlines have implemented several changes to their operations to ensure passenger safety such as limiting seats sold to allow for physical distancing, cleaning all high-touch areas between every flight, and requiring passengers and employees to wear face coverings.
TSA has also implemented several changes to its security screening process at checkpoints nationwide to reduce the potential for cross-contamination in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
About Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
As Alabama’s largest commercial airport serving nearly 3 million passengers annually, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has served as a gateway to the sky for more than 85 years. Governed by the Birmingham Airport Authority, the airport continues to be a catalyst for growth and economic development for the entire region. For more information, visit flybirmingham.com or follow BHM on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.