El Pasoans heads to Hawaii and Mexico as leisure travel increases
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – As more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, more and more are flying. El Paso International Airport recorded a 19.6% increase in the number of travelers in March 2021 compared to March 2020.
El Paso travel agency Sun Travel says things have really gotten better over the past three weeks with booking an El Paso vacation.
âThe most popular destinations we sell are Hawaii, number one since Hawaii is back and obviously a lot of people love the sun and the sand,â said Paul Coleman, president of Sun Travel. “Mexico and the Caribbean have been popular for several months now, even during COVID they were open last fall.”
Coleman said more and more people are looking for a travel agent to help with planning, as there are now more restrictions and requirements when traveling, especially outside the country.
âWhat if you get a positive test somehow or really fall with COVID, how do you reprogram? Insurance is a big deal, people have a lot of questions about what travel insurance covers, âColeman said.
Her advice is to be prepared and know what type of test or quarantine will be needed for your vacation.
El Pasoan Zach Holloway was seen walking into El Paso International Airport on Wednesday with bags packed bound for Cancun, Mexico. He told KTSM 9 News he will have to pass several COVID-19 tests, including a negative test, before returning to El Paso, but says that will be handled by his station.
âThey’re going to test us before they get in, make sure we’re negative and then we’ll stay on the ground to not bring in or out of COVID. And before they leave they test us again before they leave, âHolloway said.
Crystal Cairo, another El Pasoan also taking a flight on Wednesday but to Dallas, said she is currently traveling to the United States but is planning a trip to Bali in Indonesia in late 2021. However, she says she is a little scared with all the COVID-19 requirements and the need for a negative test.
âI mean I would be worried because I have to go, so I don’t want to be stuck there, but I’m vaccinated. I have my vaccine card so I hope everything will be fine, âsaid Caire.
While there are certainly more people packing their bags, overall travel is still down from what it was in March 2019. According to El Paso International Airport, travel are down 39% from March 2019.
El Paso International Airport is sending us this statement.
âWhile we don’t see the number of passengers we had before the pandemic, we are seeing a higher than expected increase in passenger numbers compared to last year. We are optimistic as we enter the summer travel season and expect to see more and more passengers flying again, especially as more people are vaccinated and restrictions begin to lift. in all the countries. All destinations are scheduled for June, plus the addition of Charlotte in August, in response to the increased demand for air travel in our community. “