BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – In July, Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) counted an increase in passengers by 145.9 percent compared to last year.
56,538 passengers were calculated in July, a 20 percent dip from 2019, the last pre-pandemic year. 2019 is used as a benchmark for airlines and airports to measure the passenger demand recovery according to BTR. In a press release, BTR said that this growth is on par with the national average for airports.
American Airlines cultivated a bulk of the passengers, clocking in 45 percent of BTR’s passenger traffic with Delta at 32 percent and United with 23 percent right behind.
“We want to thank the community for supporting BTR and helping us return to passenger growth,” said Mike Edwards, Baton Rouge Metro Airport Director of Aviation. “Flying BTR is the most effective way residents in our area can influence airlines to add more flights.”
The airport continues to follow strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols according to the press release, including the use of hospital-grade disinfectants, and disinfectant fogging. American, Delta and United all claim to use fogging by spraying on the inside of the planes.
HEPA filters on the aircraft capture at least 99.97% of airborne microbes by circulating the cabin air once every 2 to 4 minutes. As the filters purify the air on the inside of the aircraft, fresh air enters the engine compressor on the outside, making the cabin air much cleaner than the air in most restaurants, bars, stores or commercial buildingsBaton Rouge Metro Airport