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La Crosse Airport expects slight increase in holiday traffic

Brad Williams

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Americans have been strongly advised to avoid travel this Christmas, to prevent a wider spread of COVID-19, but that’s not stopping families from filling airports this week. 

La Crosse Airport director Ian Turner expects about a 5 to 10 per cent increase in passengers for the holidays.

Turner says that number is “less than I had hoped, but it’s still additional passengers traveling through the La Crosse Airport, which is good to see.

The director is pleased that people have continued to fly commercial for business and medical purposes.      

Since September, the airport has had about 50 per cent of the passenger levels seen a year ago. 

Because of COVID, passenger load dropped sharply in the spring, down 95 per cent in April from the same month in 2019.    

Just over 95,000 flew through the airport last year, but this year’s total is expected to be slightly above 40,000.

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.

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