A chart showing year-over-year passenger numbers at the Eastern Iowa Airport. SOURCE CID

By CBJ News Staff

Passenger numbers at the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) are tracking upward as travelers return to the skies, with May registering a more than four-fold increase from April’s low point.

A total of 14,353 passengers traveled through CID in May, according to the airport. That’s up from April’s mark of just 3,576, but still 87% below the record-setting month of May 2019, when 112,711 passengers flew through CID.

Airport Director Marty Lenss said in a release that he is encouraged to see the numbers trending up.

“These numbers are a significant improvement over what we saw in April. The last week in April, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened an average of 82 passengers per day,” Mr. Lenss said. “At this time, the average is up to 500 passengers per day.”

Mr. Lenss said that all destinations served by the five carriers will be back on the schedule in August, including United’s nonstop Denver service (back in July) and Delta’s nonstops to Atlanta and Detroit. The Atlanta flight will be on Delta’s mainline B717 aircraft.

“We are very appreciative our air carrier partners are adding flights and destinations back into the schedule to provide passengers more options,” he said.

The airport and each of its five airline partners have also implemented safety protocols to help ensure safe and healthy travel, according to airport leaders. For more information on CID’s protocols, go to FlyCID.com.