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Flying during a pandemic

Samantha Boring
Created: June 26, 2020 06:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Traveling was put on hold for so many flyers when the pandemic began, but that does not mean operations stopped. 
 
"We are here probably for the same reason that a lot of the people are here. We had to go to the Mayo Clinic I'm going to be a patient there," passenger, Susan Nordman said.

Nordman, like many flyers, came to Rochester to be seen at Mayo Clinic, but flying has changed since the pandemic.

"Definitely was a little bit strange. Especially coming from Atlanta, which is a huge hub, so we are used to so many travelers there. And it seemed like the closer we got to the north things started decreasing. A lot less people and a lot less traffic," Nordman said. 
 
The Rochester International Airport is known for its fast check-in process and proximity to Mayo Clinic... making it a no-brainer for many patients.

"Our passengers are patients, that are making their way from around the world to come to Mayo Clinic," Executive Director, John Reed said.

The airport has continued to take precautions to keep their passengers safe.

"We have one-way entrances and exits here. We are also asking them to wear a mask when they are here in our terminal and we have stickers on the ground for social distancing," Reed said. "As that demand returns we expect to see more planes and more frequency in flights." 
 
Rochester Shuttle Service also felt the impact when COVID hit.

"We were down to no shuttles or one shuttle a day, we are back up to half our schedule now," Rochester Shuttle Service manager Adam Pierce said. "We have seen an increase this last month and were hoping to keep growing. It has really helped the clinic been reopened. Seeing patients again. And the more they open the more we will be seeing customers," Pierce said.
 
The Rochester International Airport expects to see more travelers in July and into the Fall. 


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