BHM Welcomes Back Travelers | June Airline Activity Report
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – July 14, 2020 – Passenger traffic at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is gradually increasing as passengers across the country slowly resume travel. In June, 29,658 passengers departed BHM, a decrease of 79% from June of 2019 but a significant improvement of nearly 372% compared to enplaned passengers in April when only 6,288 passengers departed BHM. June’s total passenger count of arrivals and departures was 58,791 compared to 276,486 in 2019. Passenger traffic overall is down 56% for the year.
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.
“We have implemented several measures to keep our facility clean and our passengers and employees safe,” said Ronald F. Mathieu, Birmingham Airport Authority President and Chief Executive Officer. “Passenger traffic continues to improve, and each week, we are encouraged as we see more passengers in the terminal. We appreciate the community’s continued support as we all work together to get through this global pandemic.”
TSA recently rolled out changes to its security screening process at checkpoints nationwide that reduce the potential for cross-contamination in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Airlines have also implemented several new initiatives to ensure passenger safety such as social distancing, cleaning all high-touch areas between every flight, and requiring passengers and employees to wear face coverings.
Daily flights at BHM have increased since April as airlines are adding flight frequencies and reinstating nonstop service as passenger demand grows. This month, American reinstated nonstop flights to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago. United also reinstated nonstop flights to Chicago and Denver. Delta and Southwest have added more flights frequencies and Southwest is expected to reinstate more nonstop service in August. Airline fight loads are temporarily limited due to social distancing policies as airlines like Delta and Southwest have blocked middle seats or are limiting the number of sold seats on its flights.
For a list of nonstop destinations served by airlines at BHM, visit the Flight Information page on the airport’s website.
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.