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While air travel picking up, Minnesotans urged to stay at home for Thanksgiving

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DULUTH, MN-- A quiet Duluth Airport isn't what you would normally expect to see during the week of Thanksgiving.

Natalie Peterson, the airport director of Communications said, "As always holiday travel just tends to just be busy because folks are trying to get to their families or where ever they're spending the holidays."

COVID-19 has lowered the number of air travelers, but airport officials said the trend is turning around.

"Passengers are slowly continuing to come back and we're ahead of the trend," said Peterson. "We're still not where we were last year quite obviously. Seeing positive growth is definitely a great thing."

Meanwhile, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is asking Minnesotans to stay home and avoid the airports.

"But we're asking people to keep it safe this year and only gather with people who live in your own immediate household," said Flanagan.

For those who are traveling, the Duluth airport has implemented COVID-19 safety precautions including mask signage, social distancing barriers, and hand sanitizer.

While airport officials want to get you to your destination, they also want you to make sure you're healthy.

"Some folks I know they're getting tested prior to travels to ensure they are in fact negative," said Peterson. "You know, just being really smart and considerate of yourself and everybody around you."

Experts say a small or virtual Thanksgiving this year will go a long way in the fight against COVID-19.

"I look forward to people having full tables next year, and you know we're going to do that because we're Minnesotans," said Flanagan.

For more travel guidelines click here.

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Emma Quinn

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