Passenger Traffic Continues to Improve at BHM – October Report
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (November 18) Passenger traffic at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) hits a high record since March when passener traffic dropped due to the coronavirus pandemic. In October, there were 56,956 enplanements and 57,854 deplanements for a total passenger count of 114,810. This is the highest number of passengers to pass through BHM since March. Passenger traffic is trending in the right direction and has greatly increased in comparison to April when only about 100 people passed through BHM on the lowest day in April. BHM’s passenger traffic activity continues to follow in line or slightly higher than the national growth trend.
Flight schedules for the upcoming holiday travel period are fluid due to the pandemic, however, the airlines at BHM are expected to add more flight frequencies and have reinstated more nonstop service during this time. Nonstop routes on peak travel days recently added back to the schedule include Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, and Tampa.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, BHM has deployed enhanced cleaning protocols and upgraded its disinfecting and cleaning solutions to instill confidence and offer peace of mind for travelers. Earlier this month, the Birmingham Airport Authority released its “Let’s Go” campaign in an effort to recapture the magic, joy and spirit of flight while ensuring safety for both travelers and airport employees. The social media campaign will run through March 2021.
The airlines have also implemented several changes to their operations to ensure passenger safety such as cleaning all high-touch areas before every flight, and requiring passengers and employees to wear face coverings. High-Efficiency Particle Filter (HEPA) filtration systems are also being used to clean air of contaminants and bacteria, refreshing cabin air every few minutes.
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 in 2019, 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, Instagram, or LinkedIn.