Air travel in Manchester NH may soon reach pre-pandemic levels

Air travel in Manchester could reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels this summer, airport officials said. Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport said they are expecting a busy season as more people return to the skies. Elsewhere in the United States, airline travelers have faced delays and cancellations this week. But on Friday afternoon, passengers flying to Manchester said the journey was smooth. “I heard horror stories and we were prepared for all kinds of horrible things to happen, but nothing happened,” said Johanna Lenneberg, who was traveling from Chicago. “It was great. No problems,” said Kathryn Burkbett, a commuter from Cleveland. “We went to DC first, just a quick stop. It was great.” Transportation Security Administration officials said they expect the numbers to soon surpass pre-pandemic 2019 volumes. The TSA is currently screening about 2,200 people a day, compared to 2,700 in June 2019. “People want to get out,” the spokesman said. TSA, Dan Velez. “They want to travel, so this summer, in particular, is going to be the busiest summer we’ve had since the pandemic started.” Manchester Airport has seen monthly passenger growth over 2021 numbers. There were 103,000 travelers in May, up 38% from the same month last year. Airport officials said it will be a busy few months for upgrades as well, with $4 million in infrastructure funding to be spent to replace the glass roof. TSA is also installing five new CT scanners. “We like to pride ourselves on how easy it is to get through the airport and these machines will make it even faster, more convenient and safer for the traveling public,” said airport director Ted Kitchens. More travelers are expected this summer. , airport officials are asking them to prepare and give themselves plenty of time before showing up for their flights.

Air travel in Manchester could reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels this summer, airport officials said.

Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport said they are expecting a busy season as more people return to the skies.

Elsewhere in the United States, airline travelers have faced delays and cancellations this week. But on Friday afternoon, passengers flying to Manchester said the journey was smooth.

“I heard horror stories and we were prepared for all kinds of horrible things to happen, but nothing happened,” said Johanna Lenneberg, who was traveling from Chicago.

“It was great. No problems,” said Kathryn Burkbett, a commuter from Cleveland. “We went to DC first, just a quick stop. It was great.”

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration said they expect the numbers to soon surpass pre-pandemic volumes in 2019. The TSA is currently screening about 2,200 people a day, compared to 2,700 in June 2019.

“People want to leave,” TSA spokesman Dan Velez said. “They want to travel, so this summer, in particular, is going to be the busiest summer we’ve had since the pandemic started.”

Manchester Airport has seen monthly passenger growth over 2021 numbers. In May there were 103,000 passengers, up 38% on the same month last year.

Airport officials said it will be a busy few months for improvements, too, with $4 million in infrastructure funding to be spent to replace the glass roof. TSA is also installing five new CT scanners.

“We like to pride ourselves on how easy it is to get through the airport and these cars will make it even faster, more convenient and safer for the traveling public,” said airport director Ted Kitchens.

With more travelers expected this summer, airport officials are asking them to prepare and give themselves plenty of time before showing up for their flights.

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