Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport numbers up for February but down for March, April

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Every month since September 2016, the Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport saw growth.

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While the numbers aren't finalized for March yet, the airport predicts about a 50-percent decrease in the overall number of passengers.

Currently for April, the airport only has about five percent of the normal number of travelers.

Brad Boettcher, a spokesperson for the airport, says a growth plan is still intact, and as soon as the statewide stay-at-home order is lifted, there will be a big push for travelers to fly out of Roanoke.

"There are two just huge variables, how many aircrafts are the airlines going to ground or just retire outright and how quickly will the demand for travel return, and how long is that going to take, so those are the two things we are tracking right now," said Boettcher.

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