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Airlines are curtailing passenger flights serving Roanoke.

Major airlines have curtailed scheduled passenger flights in and out of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.

Thursday, the streak of cancellations had eliminated seven of 11 outbound flights between 2 and 9:30 p.m., according to data on the airport’s website as of late afternoon Thursday.

On Wednesday, 26 of 40 scheduled flights were canceled, said Brad Boettcher, director of marketing and air service development at the airport.

Allegiant canceled all flights to and from the Roanoke airport through Monday, the airport said. American, Delta and United were still flying.

However, few people sought to travel. Security checkpoints at U.S. airports screened 239,234 people Wednesday, down more than 2 million, or 89%, from the same date in 2019, the Transportation Security Administration said.

“Due to the significant decrease in passenger traffic, the airlines serving the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) have dramatically reduced the current air service,” an airport statement said.

Travelers with upcoming flights should check with their airline. The Roanoke airport website also lists delays and cancellations at

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