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AUS reports increase in cargo traffic

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 by Tai Moses

It’s no surprise that passenger traffic at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport stayed at lower levels throughout August, thanks to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “August passenger traffic decreased by 72.4 percent compared to August 2019 with 419,475 passengers flying during the month,” reported AUS in a news release. The graph vividly illustrates the effect of the pandemic on air travel: That plunging green line at the bottom is our reality. But in a slightly interesting twist, air cargo numbers are enjoying something of a rebound, with air freight shipping up 34.7 percent compared to August 2019. What is the takeaway? People may not be flying, but their stuff sure is.

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