Metropolitan Airports Commission releases COVID-19 impact report

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The Metropolitan Airports Commission has released a year-end report called "Operational Impact of COVID-19," which gives a detailed account of passenger activity and an overview of parking revenue at the end of 2020.

MAC Vice President of Management and Operations Chad Leqve told the MAC Operations, Finance and Administration Committee on March 1 that airline passenger activity was down 65% at the end of 2020 compared to the same time in 2019.

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"Travel is down and parking is also down about 66% at the end of February compared to this same time a year ago," Leqve said. "And, of the 69 food and beverage locations at Terminal 1, 29 are operating with reduced hours and 40 remain closed."

Leqve did point toward some encouraging signs heading into the early part of 2021.

"The April schedule is not fully updated yet, but it does show some growth in the early part of the year," Leqve said. "April 2021 currently shows 362 average daily departures for airlines and that is up from 210 in April 2020, which is a 72% increase, and the number of routes will increase to 166."