The Prince George Airport (YXS) had a record-setting year in 2018, with 506,486 passengers traveling through the facility. This is the first time the airport has exceeded 500,000 passengers in its 77 years of operation at the current site.
“Prince George Airport’s passenger growth is an indication of the economic strength and importance of our area.” said President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority, John Gibson, in a news release. “We have been growing steadily and are continuing to rehabilitate and improve the airport to best serve the higher volume of passengers.”
Four airlines offer scheduled services between 12 destinations including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and (seasonally) Puerto Vallarta from the Prince George Airport. In excess of 28 businesses with over 200 employees work from the airport, including charter and helicopter companies, aircraft maintenance providers, and government agencies.
Since the airport was transferred from the federal government to the Prince George Airport Authority in 2003, major infrastructure projects have been completed, including expanding the departure lounge and baggage handling area, adding the international arrivals wing and services, and runway extension and rehabilitation. In that time, passenger numbers increased from 339,858 to 506,486. The airport authority is an independent not-for-profit organization, governed by a board of directors appointed from the community.
Recent passenger volumes (includes arrivals, departures, connections):
- 2018 506,486
- 2017 499,125
- 2016 462,007
- 2015 470,849 (Canada Winter Games)
- 2014 445,929