May 28, 2023


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Covid-19 and gas prices impact air travel at the Gainesville Regional Airport

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – “Pre-pandemic, yeah ended up continue to lagging” reported CEO of the Gainesville Regional Airport, Allan Penksa.

Passenger quantities have lowered at the airport just under nineteen percent when compared to February 2020.

Normal Aviation Cargo dropped extra than seventy p.c.

“The greatest issue is receiving people to vacation once more. Having folks to go to conventions and conferences. People issues have to be working whole board to get us back wherever we were” explained Penksa.

Quantities are now up one hundred and 20 percent considering the fact that past calendar year.

With the war in Ukraine fuel price ranges have skyrocketed, hurting the airline sector once again.

“I do know from speaking with people that are searching to travel for work related functions and even leisure. They have refrained from carrying out so and cancelled trips” stated GNV traveler, Zohaad Hasan.

Despite the fact that, 1 female touring for get the job done reasons states she would desire traveling in the air fairly than filling her very own tank.

“Compared to what gas price ranges are. I do the job from household so it unquestionably assists for me to be capable to journey really quickly and get to exactly where I go and maintain it relocating so I do not have to use a great deal gas” reported Dneece Turney.

The Gainesville and Alachua County Regional Airport Authority held their regular monthly meeting.

Just one thing they talked over were developments to support get again to pre-pandemic enterprise.

Those with the airport are performing on renovations to gates and food items services and will continuing to current market by themselves.

“We have a fantastic lively small business local community, university group and we have a large amount of folks that fly for leisure. We need to have to get them flying again” explained Penksa.

Board associates did approve a 1.5% raise for Gainesville Regional Airport Authority workforce, to retain their personnel through inflation.

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