Delta, as in the airline, is a familiar name at the La Crosse Airport.
But it’s another “delta,” that’s leading to some concern about commercial travel plans.
The COVID-19 delta variant could cause passenger numbers to decline this fall and winter, according to La Crosse Airport director Ian Turner.
“We’re seeing some lower passenger counts already here in September, which is typical,” Turner told WIZM. “I think we’re gonna see a little bit bigger dip and be in that 75 to 80 percent range, when compared to 2019 traffic.”
La Crosse has seen over 8,000 passengers a month during June, July and August. That’s slightly below the levels from before the pandemic.
Turner, however, said there’s no gauging what might happen around the holidays this year.
“People are waiting much later to make travel plans,” he said. “People would start booking their holiday travel in August, September, maybe in the first part of October. They may wait to do that two weeks prior.”
The airport had its highest monthly passenger total in two years this past August.