Throughout the COVID-19 crisis we have been inundated by data about number of cases, testing, current hospitalizations, etc. It can all be very overwhelming and difficult to put into perspective. In today’s digest we are going to look at a noticeably clear and profound metric: passenger counts at the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). Through the end of June, passenger traffic is down an astonishing 47%, even including the normal passenger counts in January and February.
The lockdown, which started in mid-March, had an immediate effect, with passenger traffic for the month quickly dropping 50%. April and May traffic were down an unfathomable 97% and 90%. Projecting a conservative 50% drop in passengers for the rest of the year would result in a 2.8 million decrease in passengers for the entire year, resulting in passenger traffic for the year being only one-third of 2019.
Source: City of Palm Springs