I have been in out of DTW and DEN over the past week, and at both airports, at least in the times around the departure & arrival banks the airports seems as busy I've seen anywhere in the past year, and the most "normal" crowds/experience/atmosphere I've seen.
I work at PHX. The last few days during the “peak” times the airport has felt normal. Traffic is on the upswing and even other employees were commenting how normal it feels. Tons of families and people of all ages. I’ve also noticed that some of the road warriors are starting to travel again.
I have been in out of DTW and DEN over the past week, and at both airports, at least in the times around the departure & arrival banks the airports seems as busy I've seen anywhere in the past year, and the most "normal" crowds/experience/atmosphere I've seen
This feeling of a return to normality
reflects my experience on SAN-SFO yesterday as well. While I realize we have a way to go, SAN's T2-E was absolutely bursting
yesterday. Crowded at the uber drop-off in front (driver had to navigate for a spot for the first time in a year), line at TSA, swarming concourse, teaming gate areas, sold-out flights. Best of all, nearly every F&B and retail was open with
Still only beer and wine (because after all, covid only attacks Scotch drinkers in California and lets Cab drinkers alone because science!
), but it was so gratifying seeing people enjoying themselves at the airport again, especially those shop owners/employees whose livelihoods have been crippled by the lockdown.
My flight ended-up 100% full. Up front, Alaska presents a snack basket on the short flight (not at all different from pre-lockdown), and yup... only beer and wine (science!
), but I actually saw people talking
to each other on this flight. What a concept!
It was a bit of a tale of two cities though. SFO was surprisingly morose with only Sunset News, Peet's Coffee, and the Burger Joint open in T2(D) and few people in the huge concourse other than those from our flight and in complete contrast to San Diego, people continue speaking only in hushed tones. Maybe it's different over at the United hub in T3. BTW - Burger Joint had... BEER & WINE!
I'm off to PHX tomorrow evening. As I haven't really been there outside of bank times in the last eight months, Concourse "A" in T4 always seemed reasonably busy, but if you got too far away, it got quiet pretty quickly. Would be delighted to see it bustling again throughout the terminal.
Of course, even when it's quiet at PHX, at least you can get a SCOTCH...
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