Many traveling for Thanksgiving despite calls to stay home

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 9:30 PM EST
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (11/25/2020) - There’s been a steady stream of passengers all day at Bishop Airport, as flights took off and arrived.

Yesterday alone, 730 people took to the sky, and expectations are hundreds more each day over the holiday weekend.

Mid-Michigan residents are taking off to other destinations, and welcoming loved ones home for Thanksgiving.

This is what several passengers said about their holiday travel plans in the face of the pandemic.

“I’m still concerned on the plane. But, again, everyone kept their masks on. The airlines seemed to have been cleaning the planes and sanitizing them beforehand,” said David Brown, a Grand Blanc resident moving to Dallas, Texas.

“Things have changed. And, because of the safety, I do not want to impose and stay with family on my way back. So, we’re driving straight through,” added Charlotte, North Carolina resident Bethany MacKenzie.

She was waiting for her husband who was flying into town.

Bishop Airport has employed a number of safety protocols since the start of coronavirus to help boost the flow of air travel.

Autumn Perry-MacClaren, Assistant Director of Marketing & Public Relations explained, “Travel has been down since covid, but, overall, we’re pleased with the traffic we are seeing. It is a very, very safe environment. This is a nice small airport. And so, I think that offers people another layer of comfort when they are travelling.”

Since April, Bishop has seen a steady rise in the number of passengers, from just over a thousand to more than 11,000 in September.

And since deployment of their Smart Helmet technology a few months ago, not one boarding passenger has had an elevated temperature.

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