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Passenger Traffic Continues to Improve at QC Airport

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Quad Cities International Airport
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Two years after the pandemic began, passenger traffic continues to improve at the Quad Cities International Airport.

The total number of people arriving and departing in April rose 32 per cent compared to the same month a year ago, and for the year so far is 50 per cent ahead of last year.

When COVID began in the spring of 2020, April traffic was just 2,700. One year later it improved to 36,000, and continued rising to more than 48,000 last month (4/2022).

All four airlines serving the Quad Cities have carried more passengers so far this year - 26 per cent more for American, 38 per cent more for Allegiant, a 53 per cent increase for United, and Delta reports a 113 per cent increase.

Still, airport officials report serious challenges are holding back the recovery in air travel. Demand is high but the airlines are dealing with high fuel prices, and staff shortages caused by the pandemic.