BY LEHRER CUMMING SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 2:02 PM
In 2018 and 2019, airports across the country and the globe were fast-tracking major upgrades to their terminals to increase capacity and satisfy the growing number of passengers, marking an aviation development and construction boom not seen in nearly 30 years. Fast forward to 2020, and the impact of Covid-19 on air traffic and the dramatic overnight decline in passengers has forced the deferral or outright cancellation of many of these scheduled construction programs.
While this could be seen as a negative result of the pandemic, the current climate offers project owners and stakeholders the opportunity to revisit and revamp their aviation capital programs in a way that benefits all involved parties while improving the airport experience to meet new needs and standards.
Back in April, domestic passengers were barely 4 percent of the same-day numbers in 2019, and, today, that has picked up to approximately 30 percent of what it was one year ago. While domestic travel has picked up and the U.S. air travel industry is starting to see some relief, international travel has been hit the hardest and is bouncing back at a slower pace. International passengers totaled less than 3 percent of their same-day numbers in April, although that number has improved to 10 percent today.
While the lack of a quick and immediate recovery has made it nearly impossible for the originally sche