Travel increasing at the Sunport

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All 50 states are expanding, or will relax COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 or older by May. As vaccination efforts take off, so are travelers. More people are walking into the Sunport and checking in for a flight. “I feel a lot safer having it. I have more peace of mind with it. It makes it a lot easier for me to travel,” Amanda Vande Griend said.Vande Griend traveled to Portland, Oregon, to see family. She felt safer doing so after getting the first dose of the vaccine. “It was busy. Seemed like normal at certain times. Then other times it was quiet. It seems like people are traveling. People aren’t afraid travel,” Jake Siegel said. Siegel lives in Israel, where the majority of the population is vaccinated, besides kids. He said during his layover, there was a fluctuation of people in the airport. The TSA reports more than a million people went through their check points each day since March 11.Sunport officials said every week, they’re seeing more fly. “Hopeful that we continue to see our daily travel numbers inching upwards,” Stephanie Kitts said. Inching upwards, but it’s no where near pre-pandemic numbers. Kitts said around Easter last year, during the height of COVID-19, travel was down 95%. In the fall and winter, down 75%. Nowadays, closer to 50%. As some decide to book flights, one doctor KOAT spoke with said he’s seeing more young people get COVID-19 and some very sick patients on ventilators. “It’s very important to continue to get the vaccine, to take all the precautions, socially distance. It’s nothing to take lightly,” Dr. David Siegel, anesthesiologist at University of New Mexico Health, said.

All 50 states are expanding, or will relax COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 or older by May. As vaccination efforts take off, so are travelers.

More people are walking into the Sunport and checking in for a flight.

“I feel a lot safer having it. I have more peace of mind with it. It makes it a lot easier for me to travel,” Amanda Vande Griend said.

Vande Griend traveled to Portland, Oregon, to see family. She felt safer doing so after getting the first dose of the vaccine.

“It was busy. Seemed like normal at certain times. Then other times it was quiet. It seems like people are traveling. People aren’t afraid travel,” Jake Siegel said.

Siegel lives in Israel, where the majority of the population is vaccinated, besides kids. He said during his layover, there was a fluctuation of people in the airport.

The TSA reports more than a million people went through their check points each day since March 11.

Sunport officials said every week, they’re seeing more fly.

“Hopeful that we continue to see our daily travel numbers inching upwards,” Stephanie Kitts said.

Inching upwards, but it’s no where near pre-pandemic numbers.

Kitts said around Easter last year, during the height of COVID-19, travel was down 95%. In the fall and winter, down 75%. Nowadays, closer to 50%.

As some decide to book flights, one doctor KOAT spoke with said he’s seeing more young people get COVID-19 and some very sick patients on ventilators.

“It’s very important to continue to get the vaccine, to take all the precautions, socially distance. It’s nothing to take lightly,” Dr. David Siegel, anesthesiologist at University of New Mexico Health, said.

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