Tucson International Airport with more flights and travelers

TUCSON, Arizona (KGUN) – Lanora and Efrain Tores are booking flights again after a break of more than a year.

“I liked that the plane wasn’t that crowded. We had some space in between. That was super great, ”they said.

Others, like Robert Bonoil, never stopped traveling. Now he’s happy to see more people walking through the terminals.

“It feels good to be able to get back to normal. People seem happy and it will help the economy,” said Bonoil.

Additional options are available at Tucson International Airport. Chief Operating Officer Bruce Goetz said airlines are adding two to three flights on average every month.

“Memorial Day and the weekend of July 4th were really strong travel weekends, but we still lost a number of flights compared to 2019,” said Goetz.

In June 2019, 100 flights were arriving daily to and from Tucson. In June 2020 this number fell to only 44. In June 2021, the airport will again be offering up to 84 flights per day.

“We are seeing quite a strong demand for summer travel across the country. I think that reflects the vaccination and the more comfortable travel of the people,” said Goetz.

Airlines United and Delta announced that all new hires in the US are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Goetz said Tucson Airport will not do the same with its staff.

“If companies want to do this, this is an individual decision of these companies. This is nothing, as an airport we will give mandates to our employees or other companies that work at the airport, ”said Götz.


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