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Local airport tells passengers to follow rules of WI travel restrictions

Traveler with coronavirus reported at Appleton Airport
Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 18:46:01-04

APPLETON (WGBA) -- Managers from Appleton International Airport said Wednesday travelers should be aware of restrictions leaving the the state.

"If you land in a state you should know what the local rules are," said Patrick Tracy, the marketing director of the airport. "You should know if you need to be masking or quarantining."

Tracy says the Appleton airport has seen a significant drop off in passengers this year. At the beginning of the pandemic, they saw 95% less travelers, now it is round 75%.

"It has been tough," Tracy said. "There has been a low turnout."

The airport has implemented many safety measures. However, they now have to monitor travel restrictions. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the city of Chicago have put Wisconsin on a travel advisory. People visiting those areas for non-essential reasons from Wisconsin must self isolate for 14 days.

People with layovers in Chicago do not need to isolate, unless leaving the airport.

"Most of our flights go to Chicago," Tracy said. "Those with connecting flights should be fine, but those leaving the airport should be advised."

The airport is monitoring every day and every hour about new guidelines from the FAA and CDC. They say they are willing to comply with what those agencies advise when it comes to safety.

"We are in touch almost every minute and we know things change," Tracy said. "I just want our travelers and customers to know that we are doing everything we can to keep people safe."