Lubbock airport travel is slowly bouncing back

The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, which is still undergoing renovations.

Travel out of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is way up from last year, but still below pre-pandemic numbers.

Part of the reason it hasn’t fully bounced back is that not all the flights have returned, including Lubbock’s direct service to Austin.

In April of 2020, the first full month of COVID-19 in Lubbock County, saw the fewest passengers out of the Lubbock airport. Just 2,345 passengers, fewer than 100 per day, flew that month. It was close to a 95% decrease from the 42,964 passengers that flew out of the airport in April 2019.

This past April, 31,951 passengers flew out of the airport. Travel out of the airport was 13 times the volume in April 2021 compared to the previous year, but still lower than April pre-pandemic.

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