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    “Hundreds of people are still boarding and thousands of people are passing through daily. It is not a ghost town – for a variety of reasons people still have to travel,” said Paul Bradbury, director of the Portland jetport.

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    There were empty lanes where there would typically be passengers lined up at the gate for departures at the Portland International Jetport on Thursday.

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    Airline employees had few customers to deal with at the Portland International Jetport on Thursday. The drop in passenger counts is a nationwide phenomenon as more people choose to forgo air travel.

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    Sarah Marshall, center, a teacher from Rumford, says goodbye to two exchange students whom she drove to the Portland International Jetport on Thursday. Marshall said one whom she hosted was being sent home to Poland, where both her parents are in isolation. The other student was traveling home to the Netherlands.

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    Despite the lack of passengers, airlines were still running normal schedules on Thursday at the Portland jetport.

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    Most planes are flying half-full or less, and the situation is changing by the day and hour at the Portland jetport, its director says.

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    The area where passengers usually line up to get boarding passes was empty Thursday at the Portland International Jetport. Passenger volume at Maine's largest airport is down 70 percent, while rail and bus ridership suffered even bigger declines.

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    A traveler picks up a boarding pass from Frontier Airlines at the Portland International Jetport on Thursday. Most airlines are still flying in and out of Portland, but departing passengers have fallen by half in just a few days.

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    The baggage claim area was empty Thursday at the Portland jetport.

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