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SLC International Airport sees one of its busiest days since pandemic

Posted at 8:56 PM, Nov 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 23:22:10-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City International Airport was busy Sunday — at least busier than it's been lately.

Between 13,000-14,000 passengers were expected to travel Sunday — about half the number of travelers compared to the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2019, an airport spokesperson said. While it wasn’t the busiest day, it was one of the busiest since the pandemic first began.

The end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is known for being a busy travel day, so the short lines surprised some.

READ: Salt Lake City Airport expecting half the usual Thanksgiving passengers

“We got through security in like five minutes and there was really no one around. It was kind of eerie,” Olivia Cordner said.

Olivia, her husband Mitch and their baby traveled to Medford, Oregon to visit family. The family of three focused on sanitizing, wearing masks and social distancing.

“We took every precaution that we could. We had a really small gathering with family in Oregon. So, we felt pretty good about traveling,” Mitch said.

READ: Large Thanksgiving get-togethers discouraged amid coronavirus pandemic

AAA Utah predicted Thanksgiving holiday travel across the Mountain region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) would be down close to 7 percent overall, with air travel down almost 50 percent and car travel up less than a percent.