GSP expects half of last December's traffic in one week.

TheGreenville-Spartanburg International Airportis preparing for a flush of holiday traffic despite omicron fears.

The airport expects between 40,000 and 45,000 passengers to arrive and depart this week. That's about half the number of passengers that traveled through GSP during the entire month of December in 2020, when passenger traffic was down 61.4% from the previous year, according to the airport.

November brought 87% of the passenger numbers for the same month in 2019.

According to several nationwide December polls, despite theCenters for Disease Control's call for a 10-day isolation period for unvaccinated travelers, a few Americans are canceling holiday travel plans.

One in four of the 1,021 Americans polled byAxios-Ipsosbetween Dec. 3 and Dec. 6, or 23%, said they would nix their plans to travel for the holiday season in response to the new variant. About 28% said they would avoid gathering with people outside their household, and 28% said they would self-quarantine for 14 days after travel.

Two-thirds of poll respondents supported the idea of airlines requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to allow passengers to fly.

"As quickly as possible we must use the experience of the last two years to move to a coordinated data-driven approach that finds safe alternatives to border closures and quarantine," Willie Walsh, director general of theInternational Air Transport Association, said in a Dec. 8 statement. "It is unacceptable that rushed decisions have created fear and uncertainty among travelers just as many are about to embark on year-end visits to family or hard-earned vacations."

GSP officials are sending out the typical holiday messaging don't run wrapped gifts through security, arrive at least two hours...

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