Tri-Cities airport saw 57% fewer passengers in 2020 compared to 2019

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PASCO, Wash. – The Tri-Cities Airport has seen a plunge in passengers due to the pandemic.

According to Airport Director Buck Taft, a total of 377,971 people traveled through the airport in 2020, down 57 percent from 2019.

Notably, 2019 was previously the airport’s busiest year on record.

He said passenger counts were high towards in January and February of last year, which is usually their slowest time of the year, but once the pandemic hit that changed.

Stay-at-home orders took a major toll on passenger rate. In April 2020,  95% fewer people traveled through PSC as compared to April of 2019.

“As with all airports in 2020, Tri-Cities Airport had to contend with the sudden stop in air travel due to the pandemic,” said Buck Taft, Tri-Cities Airport Director. “Our recovery has been supported by implementing additional health and safety protocols, and we look forward to serving travelers when they are ready to fly again.”

Taft mentioned one bright side this year was the amount of goods shipped from Tri-Cities to elsewhere in the world. He said this number actually increased 9% as compared to 2019.

He also said that non-stop flight options at the airport will increase as the pandemic is contained.

Travelers from PSC can already reach Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

Flights to Minneapolis St. Paul will be available starting on March 2.

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