MITRE Air Traffic Update: The Unique Traffic Profiles of General Aviation Airports, Before and After the Pandemic

By Joseph Hollenberg , Mike Robinson , Michael Wells , Wayne Cooper, Jr.

How has the pandemic impacted general aviation airports? We found some interesting results.

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After the pandemic’s initial impact on general aviation (GA) traffic in March and April of 2020, GA operations at several airports have since returned to or exceeded their previous historical levels for the season. While this reflects the general trend that GA traffic has weathered the pandemic better than commercial, not all GA airports have seasonal patterns, and not all GA airports have seen their traffic return as robustly.