It's the busiest it's been all year but overall travel is still low, says Appleton Airport

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 23:02:12-05

GREENVILLE (WGBA) -- The Appleton International Airport says this is the busiest week since the pandemic began. However, travel is still lower compared to other Thanksgiving years.

"We are only at about 50% of what we were last year," said airport director Abe Weber. "Normally we would see 10,000 passengers a day. Now it is around 3,000 to 5,000."

Lines for checking were long, but going through security was easy for many passengers. The CDC recommends people not travel this year due to a higher risk of spreading COVID-19. Weber knows the virus is dangerous, which is why his staff have spent countless hours making it as safe as possible.

"We have covered almost every base," Weber said. "We have a whole cleaning protocol that gets executed multiple times a day. We also have numerous hand sanitizing stations, and we give out free masks."

On top of that, airport personnel placed signs on floors reminding people to social distance. The airport hopes it can server people safely this holiday season.