Director: CIRA doing well as business travel slows

While passenger traffic is up 13.6% at the Central Illinois Regional Airport through the first three quarters of the year, airport director Carl Olson said ongoing recovery from the pandemic is not as fast as it was last year.

“CIRA came back in 2021 very quickly, quicker than the other airports in central Illinois, significantly faster. And now they are starting to catch up as our increases are starting to slow,” said Olson.

More than three quarters of U.S. airports have lost flights since the pandemic. Airports serving smaller communities have lost disproportionately more flights than bigger city airports. Some,