The numbers put it in perspective.
Sea-Tac Airport, which is the major airport in Washington state, located between Seattle and Tacoma (The airport was recently renamed "Seattle") normally has 50,000 passengers a day flowing through the facility. The last count I saw was 2,750 for a daily total.
These numbers are emblematic of the downturn in many sectors of the United States' economy. It is going to be a long road back.