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Salt Lake City Airport expecting half the usual Thanksgiving passengers

Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 25, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The usual hustle and bustle at the Salt Lake City Airport was missing Wednesday as the pandemic has cut the number of holiday travelers in half this season.

Throughout the morning, a small stream of passengers made their way through the airport, although that number picked up as the day went on.

Pre-COVID-19, the airport would expect to see nearly 24,000 passengers make their way through the terminals. Officials say they still expect Sunday traffic to be extremely busy.

With health officials warning people to stay at home and celebrate with household members only, very few travelers were willing to risk the threat of COVID-19.

"It took some thinking, but we figured with the masks and everything, we'd be OK." said Amy Sorenson who was flying to Daytona Beach. "We've been watching the news and kind of crossing our fingers and hoping it would work out."