NORFOLK, Virginia – Families are traveling for vacation, which means Norfolk International Airport is seeing an increase in passenger numbers. November 2021 was the busiest in the history of the airport.
Norfolk International Airport reports ridership has more than doubled since last year this time, and COVID-19 is not preventing some from boarding their flight.
“As we keep realizing, you know, COVID is going to stay, especially with all these variations and stuff like that, we have to keep traveling and enjoying life to the fullest,” Evan Ecker, a passenger departing from L Norfolk International Airport, told News 3.
The airport saw an 84.3% increase from January 2020 to November 2021. Ecker, 15, said he made his first flight on Friday.
“It was such a surreal experience doing it, and I enjoyed it. Everyone was so nice and the staff were amazing,” Ecker said.
Airport experts said they see demand for travel increasing and approaching pre-pandemic figures, and Norfolk International Airport is responding by increasing capacity.
A flyer told News 3 that she often leaves Norfolk International Airport.
“People are just trying to regain a sense of normalcy, but I think if you plan for it and keep an open mind, making sure that you are doing the things that you need to do to stay safe, then we can travel safe, ”Kimberly Bell, a passenger departing from the airport, told News 3.
Passengers said they felt safer in flight now that they had received their COVID-19 vaccines.