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Travel ramping back up, masks still required

Garrett Short
Updated: May 14, 2021 05:27 PM
Created: May 14, 2021 03:20 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The travel industry is seeing growth as the fight against the virus continues.

Masks will be required at airports and on flights until September. Rochester International Airport Marketing and Communications Manager Tiana O'Connor says people are starting to feel more comfortable flying. This has led to more traffic at RST, something the airlines are recognizing.

"They've all been adding their flights back into the system, the ones that had been kind of cut throughout the pandemic. So we're seeing more frequencies of those flight departures coming back and we'll continue to see that throughout the summer," O'Connor said.

The rising demand is a great sign for travel agents like Ted Blank, a manager with Travel Leaders Rochester. He and his co-workers spent much of last spring canceling, re-making, and re-canceling plans for clients.

"Last year was probably the worst year in probably 50 years in the travel industry," Blank said.

After people were stuck at home for much of last year, people are looking to travel. 

"This summer, people who are wanting to go to places like national parks or Hawaii are going to find that almost everything is sold out. It has really been a complete reversal from dead stop to full blast," Blank said.

He suggests getting ahead with plans as he has started booking trips into 2022, 2023 and even 2024.


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