By: KDKA-TV News Staff
LATROBE, Pa. (KDKA) – The Arnold Palmer Regional Airport says in May it saw the most passengers not just since the start of the pandemic but since 2015.READ MORE: Crews Conducting Rescue Along Monongahela River Near 10th Street Bridge
More than 31,500 people passed through the terminal in May. That’s compared to almost 2,000 last May. The airport hasn’t topped 30,000 passengers since 2015.READ MORE: Wolf Administration Warns 99% Of All Wildfires Caused By People As Wildfire Season Begins In Pennsylvania
Westmoreland County Airport Authority Executive Director Gabe Monzo says the COVID-19 pandemic played a role in the spike of passenger numbers, with people eager to get back out and travel as cases decline and vaccination rates rise.
Monzo credited the soaring numbers in part to Spirit Airlines, saying it currently takes travelers to vacation destinations like Myrtle Beach and Orlando.MORE NEWS: 'Press Play PA' Campaign Seeks To Connect People In Allegheny, Westmoreland Counties With Drug Treatment, Recovery Options
He also says the airport has made “major infrastructure” improvements over the past year.