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Warm-Weather Spots Draw Holiday Travelers Back to the Sky

In the post-pandemic world — or at least one with fewer restrictions — travelers are headed to warm-weather locations for the holiday.

“I can tell you I have more clients traveling to warm-weather destinations between Christmas and New Year’s than ever before,” said Shelli France, owner of Air Bear Travel in Cheboygan. “From March until now, we have had a steady flow of bookings, many to warm-weather destinations. Everything seems to be on a steady climb.”

An increase in travelers was also noted by Katherine Japinga, director of marketing at Capital Region International Airport in Lansing.

“The number of flights at LAN continue to see growth and are slowly approaching pre-pandemic levels,” Japinga said.

“The delta variant has slowed down travel across the U.S., so it’s tough to predict how that might impact holiday travel plans,” she explained. “Based on discussions with airlines, they are expecting to get back to pre-pandemic levels by the first or second quarter of 2022.”

Japinga said the airport is committed to providing travelers safe and secure flights, noting that masks are still required in the terminal and inside aircraft until Jan. 18, 2022.

One traveler who was heading to sunny Florida in early November said he is confident in the safety of flying post-pandemic.

“My wife has already booked the flight down and the flight back next spring,” said Bruce Hubble of Boyne City. “We have no concerns. It’s our opinion the air systems in planes are superior to any other mode of transportation except the personal car.”