Laurie Garrow

Laurie Garrow

Professor, Civil Engineering

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College of Engineering School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Laurie offers insight into how Covid-19 and other issues have impacted airlines and what air travelers can expect now and in the near future.

Professor Laurie Garrow is an expert in aviation and travel behavior analysis and forecasting. Ironically, Laurie didn’t take her first flight until she was in college, but she instantly fell in love with it. With a background in civil engineering, she gravitated toward transportation because it involved people. She is fascinated by the nuances of travel decision-making and passionate about using big data to predict air travel choices, and she offers original insights into airline operations, consumer behaviors, travel data, and policy for traditional commercial service and emerging urban air mobility applications.

News and Recent Appearances

Laurie Garrow Featured as Moderator at 2022 U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Aerospace Summit

Garrow led a discussion on how technology is improving the airline passenger experience.

Air Travel Is a Disaster Right Now. Here’s Why.

The Atlantic

Laurie Garrow, a professor at Georgia Tech, directed me to FlightAware, a website that tracks airline-industry statistics. On any given day, it seems normal to have a cancellation rate of about 1 percent—or one cancellation for every 100 scheduled flights.

America’s Airlines Face a Long Road Back to Normal


any travelers returned to the skies in 2021. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, 2.4 million individuals were screened by the Transportation Security Administration, a number just shy of the 2.5 million who were screened on the same day in 2019, as reported by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Georgia Tech Professor Laurie Garrow Offers 5 Tips for Airline Travel This Summer

Aviation expert weighs in on how to make the most of the travel experience this summer.

Delta halts flight growth for remainder of 2022 | What this means for travelers


ince February, Delta has dealt with major issues trying to keep up with the demand of people flying amidst staffing shortages and flight cuts, but professor and aviation expert at Georgia Tech Laurie Garrow explained how these issues arose from changes that the airline made at the beginning of the pandemic. 

Will air travel ever return to normal?


Images of queues, huge piles of luggage and even pilots loading their planes with cargo have plagued the media throughout the world. Airports have been in chaos for months as they have attempted to re-emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, with Europe, the UK and the USA all having suffered the worst of the effects so far. Flight cancelations have played havoc with business travellers and holiday makers alike, and the problem only appears to be getting worse as a whole raft of flights have recently been cancelled in the UK. 

All this begs the question, Why are things so bad right now and how do we fix the situation? So this week on the inquiry we ask, Will air travel ever return to normal?


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