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June 2020 traffic up 112% over May 2020 at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

Roanoke VA., July 24, 2020 – The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport saw an increase in June 2020 traffic of 112% over May 2020. June 2020 saw 13,566 passengers fly via ROA compared to 6,387 in May of 2020, an increase of 7,179 passengers. The airport’s gain of 7,179 passengers from May to June equates to 239 more passengers flying each day, as we entered phase two of reopening.

The airport saw a decrease in June 2020 traffic of 77% on a year over year basis.  June 2020 saw 13,566 passengers fly via ROA compared to 61,627 in June of 2019, a decrease of 48,061 passengers. Year to date passenger traffic as of June 2020 was down 55% versus 2019 with 153,139 passengers served this year compared to 341,726 in 2019. Despite traffic being down year over year, the downward trend bottomed out in April and passengers are returning to the airport.

 “We are pleased to see the passenger traffic rebounding this summer,” stated Timothy T. Bradshaw, A.A.E., executive director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission.  “Passengers are confident in the measures implemented by the airlines and airport to ensure the safety of passengers. We hope to see this upward trend continue into the fall as the pandemic threat diminishes. As airlines rebuild their schedules for the new demand environment, it is critical to use our air service to keep it and help our economy grow. We continue to appreciate the support of our community choosing to fly ROA and not driving out of market to fly.”

The Commission continues to work with the airlines to maintain air service the airport has to serve the region. We are open and operational and if the public needs to fly and have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in place, as do the airlines, to make it 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 4 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