MAF expecting low holiday travel

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – The Center for Disease Control is urging all Americans not to travel this Thanksgiving holiday. The ongoing pandemic has altered air travel across the country and the world, and Midland International Airport said COVID-19 has had a big impact on local air travel.

“Local air travel has definitely slowed down quite a bit,” said Justine Ruff, Director of Midland International Airport. ” The first couple of months we were down 80% to 90% and we’ve been holding for a couple of months now at 50% less than the year before.”

With the holidays quickly approaching, travel at MAF is usually very busy according to Ruff. But since the CDC has urged all Americans not to travel this Thanksgiving, Ruff expects this year to be a low turn out. But regardless of what this year’s outcome will look like, MAF said they will continue to enforce their safety procedures for travelers.

“You have to wear a mask to be in the terminal building, we encourage social distancing, and all the airlines have signage for social distancing, as does the TSA, Ruff said. “We also electrostatic spray the whole building every Wednesday night.”

While there may not be as many air travelers, those who are still hitting the airways said they feel comfortable traveling even though it looks different.

“On the way out here they gave us sanitizing wipes to use, and of course the whole mask thing is required which is great,” said Jill Johnson, who is traveling out of state.

As for travelers like Johnson, she hopes people who choose to travel this holiday season will continue to take care of themselves and each other.

“Just follow the rules and live your life,” Johnson said. “It’s as easy as that.”

For those are still considering to travel this Thanksgiving holiday the CDC has made guidelines to follow when making you trip you can view them on the organization website.

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