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Holiday travel changes during the pandemic


YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - If the Thanksgiving spike in COVID-19 cases isn't enough to discourage people from traveling during a pandemic, now the CDC and local governments are weighing. Both urge people to avoid both travel and large gatherings during the holiday season.

National numbers show people are listening. Air travel is down 61 percent as of December 22 2020 in comparison to the same day in 2019, according to

Although Yuma International Airport's (YIA) travel numbers are also down, it surprisingly sits above the national average.

"Overall, we're seeing about 70 percent of our normal travel during this time." says Gladys Brown, Yuma International Airport Director.

Tuesday on News 11's Early Edition, Arlette Yousif takes a closer look a the numbers with YIA Director Brown. She'll also have advice for those determined to head home for the holidays.

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Arlette Yousif

Arlette Yousif joined KYMA in November 2020 as a Multi Media Journalist. She holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Film. In 2019, she completed her internship at KLAS, a CBS affiliate station in Las Vegas.

While Arlette’s first love is writing, she is no stranger to the camera. Her background consists of acting, singing, hosting and even working for a major music producer. Even still, Arlette has worked in many different fields ranging from food service to hospitality and property management. Her first job was at her family restaurant when she was 14 years old. She danced around outside dressed as a clown waving a pizza box for the grand-reopening.

Arlette was born and raised in Southern California and spent about 6 years in Nevada before moving to Yuma.

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