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Traffic at Logan Airport, though still far below pre-pandemic levels, rose last week

A total of 199,236 passengers departed from Logan International Airport last week.
A total of 199,236 passengers departed from Logan International Airport last week.Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

There was a spike in the number of travelers at Logan International Airport last week, though traffic was still far below pre-pandemic levels.

Jennifer Mehigan, a Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman, provided the data via e-mail.

“Last week Logan was -56% from where we were in 2019,” Mehigan wrote. “The week before was -66%, so that was a big jump.”

She added that last week, “departing passenger screening volume was 199,236, and -56% of what it was same time period in 2019,” when there were 451,797 travelers.

The airline industry has been battered by the pandemic, with travel having plummeted. But with vaccinations increasing, some observers see signs of a slow recovery.


“Reminder: Visitors and returning residents to Massachusetts should refer to the Travel Advisory on restrictions and exceptions while traveling through the airport,” Logan tweeted Monday, adding a link to the advisory information on the state’s website.

“As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival,” the site says.

The site also lists categories of people exempt from that requirement, including travelers who’ve received a negative COVID-19 result on a test administered not more than 72 hours before their arrival in Massachusetts.

The site also notes that people are exempt from the quarantine requirement if they’re “fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.