Travel at Eugene Airport down 90% during pandemic

Passenger travel at the Eugene Airport is down 90 percent.

Posted: Apr 3, 2020 9:55 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2020 6:54 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Passenger travel at the Eugene Airport is down 90% in the last week, as many people across the country are ordered to stay at home.

Andrew Martz, acting assistant director for the airport, said those numbers are in line with what's happening across the country. The Transportation Safety Administration reports travel by plane has hit a 10-year low.

Martz said fortunately the airport has not had to let go of any employees. But because the airport makes much of its money from passenger travel, revenue will fall.

"We're in a financially OK position to weather this pandemic," Martz said. "But we are also being smart and non-essential projects are being put aside for the moment."

Larger projects, including the final phase of the airport's taxiway rehabilitation, are continuing as scheduled.

Even if all commercial air travel ground to a halt, Martz said the airport would remain open as required by law.

"The airport would stay open so that our general aviation, medical and military flights could still utilize Eugene," Martz said.

He said passengers should contact their airline before coming to the airport to make sure their flight has not been impacted. Passengers are also being asked to follow social distancing in the terminal. 

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