KCI Airport sees its busiest day since the pandemic began

This is the single busiest day at the Kansas City International Airport since the pandemic began in March, despite health officials’ warnings not to travel.The engine roar at take-off is more frequent this week at the airport. It comes as doctors warn, there’s more COVID-19 in the community now than there was before Thanksgiving.Still, 100,000 are expected to go through KCI this week.”Be KC. Remember to follow the rules of infection prevention and control. Wash your hands, keep your distance, cough into your elbow. Don’t go outside if you’re sick,” said Dr. Steven W. Stites, of the University of Kansas Health System.”We didn’t make it home for Thanksgiving so it will be nice to be home for Christmas,” traveler Danny Pele said.For Pele, it’s been four months since he was able to go home to see family in Texas.”See my son. I haven’t seen him for a long time,” traveler Liz Vurdick said.Vurdick said she hasn’t seen her son in two years.”My daughter got me a ticket for Christmas,” she said.Vurdick said she is concerned about COVID-19 but it won’t stop her from traveling.The Williams family is headed to North Carolina.”We’ve done what we can, but you can only do so much sometimes too,” said Brandon Williams.The airport says traffic is about half that of a normal holiday season.”We’ve done everything we can at the airport to make sure the facility is clean and safe. We’re of course enforcing mask wearing, social distancing,” said Justin Meyer, KCI spokesman.Travelers hope it’s enough.”Keep your loved ones tight this year. You never know what’s going to happen,” traveler Adelle Williams said. “And hopefully, this will be over soon.”

This is the single busiest day at the Kansas City International Airport since the pandemic began in March, despite health officials’ warnings not to travel.

The engine roar at take-off is more frequent this week at the airport. It comes as doctors warn, there’s more COVID-19 in the community now than there was before Thanksgiving.

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Still, 100,000 are expected to go through KCI this week.

“Be KC. Remember to follow the rules of infection prevention and control. Wash your hands, keep your distance, cough into your elbow. Don’t go outside if you’re sick,” said Dr. Steven W. Stites, of the University of Kansas Health System.

“We didn’t make it home for Thanksgiving so it will be nice to be home for Christmas,” traveler Danny Pele said.

For Pele, it’s been four months since he was able to go home to see family in Texas.

“See my son. I haven’t seen him for a long time,” traveler Liz Vurdick said.

Vurdick said she hasn’t seen her son in two years.

“My daughter got me a ticket for Christmas,” she said.

Vurdick said she is concerned about COVID-19 but it won’t stop her from traveling.

The Williams family is headed to North Carolina.

“We’ve done what we can, but you can only do so much sometimes too,” said Brandon Williams.

The airport says traffic is about half that of a normal holiday season.

“We’ve done everything we can at the airport to make sure the facility is clean and safe. We’re of course enforcing mask wearing, social distancing,” said Justin Meyer, KCI spokesman.

Travelers hope it’s enough.

“Keep your loved ones tight this year. You never know what’s going to happen,” traveler Adelle Williams said. “And hopefully, this will be over soon.”