Tulsa International Airport Prepares For Holiday Travel Season Amid Pandemic

Monday, October 19th 2020, 5:35 pm
By: Jordan Tidwell

TULSA, Okla. -

With the coronavirus pandemic, holiday gatherings and travel may be different for families this year. 

"For the most part we are expecting it to be fairly similar to recent years just fairly lower on the passenger number size," said Andrew Pierini with the Tulsa International Airport. 

Pierini said they are getting ready to see a spike in numbers, but still expecting lower crowds than a typical holiday season. 

"We have seen other holiday travel periods such as Labor Day here recently where we did see a spike in passengers, not quite to where we were last year but again those passenger levels are higher on peak travel days," Pierini said. 

He said they are following the mask mandate and encouraging people to social distance when possible. 

"We're doing everything on our side to make sure that the airport is cleaned and ready for our passengers," Pierini said. 

Dr. Steve Crawford with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center said the best thing to do during the holidays is to continue wearing a mask and practice social distancing, especially if you are getting together with people outside of your household. 

"If they are bringing people who aren't normally in that home together, they need to be thinking about ways of providing that social distance," Crawford said. 

He said families may need to get creative when it comes to gatherings like meeting outside if the weather is nice. Crawford said if you plan to travel by plane, wear your mask, wash your hands and social distance. 

"The issue is, it’s not to not get together, we do need to get together and celebrate and be thankful for everything that we do have,” Crawford said.

If you believe you may have been exposed during a holiday gathering, the CDC recommends staying home for 14 days after possible exposure. 

For more information about holiday travel guidelines, visit the CDC website here.