Data has just been released for calendar year 2022, and Willard Airport saw 120,529 passengers travel through its gates – the highest number since before the pandemic. 15,000 more passengers used Willard in 2022 than in 2021.
American filled its highest percentage of seats since it began serving the Airport more than 60 years ago. Paying passengers filled 86% of the seats American flew in and out of the market in 2022, breaking the previous record of 79%, set eight years ago.
Demand for airline travel is near its highest point in history. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported high levels of confidence among travelers for the peak summer travel season. Right now, bookings are tracking at 35% above 2022 levels.
The IATA survey covering 4,700 travelers in 11 countries shows that 79% of travelers surveyed said that they were planning a trip in the June-August 2023 period. 80% said that they expected smooth travel with post pandemic issues having been resolved.