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Passenger Traffic Slowly Increasing At Eugene Airport

Eugene Airport

Passenger traffic is slowly increasing at the Eugene Airport, although numbers are still well below normal.

The demand for air travel plummeted across the country in late March. In Eugene, the numbers dropped by about 95 percent of where they were one year ago at the same time.

While non-essential travel is still discouraged in Oregon,  acting airport director Cathryn Stephens says there’s a slight rebound underway at the Eugene Airport.

“This past week we gained a few more passengers, so we’re only 87 percent down," she said. "So it’s all about perspective, right? We’re seeing a few more passengers come and utilize the airport.”

Unlike its much larger counterpart in Portland, the Eugene Airport does not require face coverings for all airport visitors. But Stephens said most airlines serving Eugene require it once a passenger is on board the plane.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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