Airport traffic recovers slightly, but state’s top hubs still lag historical rates significantly

Airport passenger volume at Missouri’s four largest airports started an upward trend in May after dropping significantly in March and April when the COVID-19 outbreak began, according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics data.

St. Louis

At St. Louis Lambert International airport, passenger volume increased in May to 139,000 from April’s 45,000, which was the lowest number of passengers recorded since at least 2002. April 2020 traffic was down 96.6% from April 2019.

Before the pandemic slowed air travel, more than 1 million passengers traveled through the airport this February. For almost two decades, the average monthly passenger volume at the airport was about 1.1 million.

Kansas City

Kansas City International Airport’s passenger number increased by 76,000 in May, to more than 110,000. That was an increase of more than 220% from April’s 34,000. April’s traffic level marked a 96.2% decrease from April 2019.

About 788,000 passengers used the airport in February. Since 2002, the average number of passengers flying through the airport monthly was about 856,000.


Springfield-Branson National Airport’s passenger volume increased by 531% in May from April’s 4,700 passengers. The number in April 2020 was 94.5% drop from a year before.

About 76,000 passengers traveled through the airport in February. The average number of passengers flying through the airport monthly since 2002 was about 68,000.


Columbia Regional Airport’s passenger count was about 2,000 in May, an increase of 1,200 from April. Unlike the state’s three larger airports, Columbia’s airport didn’t record its lowest passenger count since 2002 during April. In the last two decades, Columbia’s lowest passenger total was 660 in August 2008. The number of passengers at the airport has increased significantly since then and exceeded 25,000 in October 2019. About 7,700 people have used the airport monthly since 2002.

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