Traffic at BHM Airport is Starting to Pick Up


Traffic at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is trending upward amid the Covid-19 pandemic after a significant drop in April.

Airlines reported a total of 34,019 enplaned and deplaned passengers at BHM in May – up from only 12,803 in April – and that number is expected to continue to rise. Traffic remains down at 50.86% year to date in May compared to 2019.

Activity at the TSA checkpoint at BHM totaled 18,947 in May, compared to 152,258 in May 2019, down 88%. Activity was down 94% in April. So far in June, BHM has reported 7,916 passengers through TSA, down 82% from the same month last year.

“Overall, passenger traffic is gradually coming back,” said Candace O’Neil, manager of PR and marketing for the Birmingham Airport Authority. “Since the lowest point in mid-April, we are seeing a steady increase in passenger traffic each week. We are pleased with how the passenger traffic numbers are trending, and we are cautiously optimistic that this trend we are seeing will continue.”

Airlines have also added flights back to the schedule with 17 daily departures and 17 daily arrivals for a total of 34 daily flights, due to an increase in passenger demand. The airport previously said flights had dropped from 64 daily to 14.

In April parking revenue was down 94% and all concessions were down in the high 90th percentile.

Parking revenue was down only 90% in May and is down 85% so far in June. Food and beverage at the airport was down 95% in May, but retail was down only 85%.

O’Neil said extra measures for safety have been implemented at BHM in addition to the enhanced frequent cleanings occurring around the clock.

“The airlines have added plexiglass at the ticket counters and gate counters for extra protection. Floor markings are also in place in passenger queuing areas to help with the recommended six feet of physical distancing between passengers,” she said. “All of the airlines at BHM have mask or face covering requirements for both passengers and employees. In May, TSA announced new security screening procedures to limit physical contact.”



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Written by Angel Coker
Banking and Legal Reporter