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La Crosse Airport sees slight rise in travel during May

Brad Williams

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To say that airport usage in La Crosse doubled last month, compared to April, is mildly encouraging during a pandemic. 

Only 372 passengers flew through La Crosse in April. 

The number rose to 821 in May, but that still represents a 91 per cent drop from May of last year. 

Ironically, before the coronavirus led to shutdowns, the La Crosse Airport had its highest passenger numbers in at least 5 years, with nearly 15,000 passengers during the first two months of 2020.

Revenues from parking, airport shops, and car rental companies are all drastically down from the same time a year ago.

Overall, the total number of passengers for the year at LSE is down 79 per cent, with just under 20,000 emplanements.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.