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November 2020 down 3% versus October 2020 at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

Roanoke VA., December 22, 2020 – The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport saw a slight decrease in November 2020 traffic of 3% versus October 2020. November 2020 saw 25,020 passengers fly via ROA compared to 25,783 in October 2020, a reduction of 763 passengers. The airport’s loss of 763 passengers from October to November equates to 25 fewer passengers flying each day. Since November is one day shorter than October, and many college students went home until after the first of the year, the amount of traffic is down slightly to the prior month.

The airport saw a decrease in November 2020 traffic of 60% on a year-over-year basis; however, nationally, traffic was off 65%.  November 2020 saw 25,020 passengers fly via ROA compared to 62,779 in November 2019, a decrease of 37,759 passengers. Year to date passenger traffic as of November 2020 was down 59% versus 2019, with 268,334 passengers served this year compared to 657,880 in 2019.

“Passengers are more and more comfortable with the measures taken by the air carriers and airports to ensure their safety,” stated David Jeavons, acting executive director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission. “We hope traffic grows throughout the winter. Lower overall airfare has stimulated demand, and as airlines rebuild their schedules, it is critical to use our current service not only to keep it but also to have more restored and help our economy grow. We continue to appreciate the support of our community, choosing ROA, and not driving out of the market to fly.”

The Commission works with the airlines to maintain air service the airport has to serve the region. We are open and operational if the public needs to fly and have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, as have our airlines, to make air travel as safe as possible. The Commission sincerely thanks our customers for choosing to fly ROA.


The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is the primary airport for Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the New River Valley.  ROA serves over 719,000 passengers per year via four airlines (American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air) with nonstop service to 5 (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago-O’Hare, Philadelphia, and Washington-Dulles) hub cities as well as weekly flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. To learn more, please visit