Air travel has taken a huge hit during the pandemic but this past weekend, there was a notable uptick in passenger traffic.According to the TSA, on Sunday, it screened 984,234 passengers, the most for any day since March 16. That was still down 61% year over year, but the surge in demand for Columbus Day weekend, typically a minor travel holiday, was noteworthy.Travel expert Troy Petenbrink thinks there are several reasons so many people took to this skies last weekend.”A lot of us have cabin fever and we want a change of scenery, another part is it was a long holiday weekend and people had the day off so that played into, we’re also seeing low fares right now,” Petenbrink said.Petenbrink also thinks some of the initial fear of the danger of flying during COVID-19 has lifted. As for whether the uptick is an indication things are turning around, industry experts believe that will take up to another two years.Petenbrink believes air travel will remain significantly down during the holidays.It’s important to note the official recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to be to avoid any air travel that is not essential.

Air travel has taken a huge hit during the pandemic but this past weekend, there was a notable uptick in passenger traffic.

According to the TSA, on Sunday, it screened 984,234 passengers, the most for any day since March 16.

That was still down 61% year over year, but the surge in demand for Columbus Day weekend, typically a minor travel holiday, was noteworthy.

Travel expert Troy Petenbrink thinks there are several reasons so many people took to this skies last weekend.

“A lot of us have cabin fever and we want a change of scenery, another part is it was a long holiday weekend and people had the day off so that played into, we’re also seeing low fares right now,” Petenbrink said.

Petenbrink also thinks some of the initial fear of the danger of flying during COVID-19 has lifted.

As for whether the uptick is an indication things are turning around, industry experts believe that will take up to another two years.

Petenbrink believes air travel will remain significantly down during the holidays.

It’s important to note the official recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to be to avoid any air travel that is not essential.