Smaller airports have seen less traffic since the pandemic started.

Smaller Airports Have Seen Less Traffic Since The Pandemic Started.

People are seen at Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, Monday, April 4, 2022. (WLNE)

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The pandemic is having lasting effects on regional airports.

Throughout the U.S. several airlines have stopped flying to smaller locations including Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Regional Airline Association says smaller airports lost about 34% of flight traffic in 2022, compared to 2019.

Larger airports lost about half that at 16%.

For passengers, this means higher fares, scheduling complications, more layovers, and longer drives to larger airports that still offer service.

Since the start of the pandemic, American airlines dropped 15 airports and Delta dropped 10.

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