Even as the airline industry expects an increase in passenger traffic for the Fourth of July, it comes as the industry is still in a deep hole because of COVID-19.

“We’re currently down about 80 to 82 percent from what a typical day would be.”

Brian Ryks CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission says a full recovery could take up to four years, but by the end of the year they hope traffic volume will indicate they are making progress.

“Maybe that number will be about 50% but I will say these things are coming back more optimistically than we had forecast. At least in July and August.”

Ryks says any forecasting of an increase in air travel is still heavily dependent on the impacts of the virus in the summer and fall.