If it seems likes there are more people flying around town these days, it’s because there are …. literally.
It’s been a very busy summer at the Prince George Airport (YXS) as both July and August saw record numbers of travellers through the terminal.
In July more than 42,000 people went through the airport, an increase of 18 per cent over the same month last year. As for August, that number jumped to close to 46,000 passengers an increase of 21 per cent over 2016.
“We believe the wildfires in B.C.’s interior played a role in the increases as many people changed their summer travel plans because of the uncertainty with highway closures,” said Prince George Airport Authority President and CEO, John Gibson, in a press release. “Central Mountain Air’s additional flights to Edmonton, through to Calgary, and their non-stop flight to Dawson Creek can also be attributed to the double-digit increase.”
Other months that experienced high growth this year included April at nine per cent and May with six per cent over the same months last year. At this point of time, year to date traffic is up 7.6 per cent over 2016. Last year, 462,007 passengers travelled in and out of the Prince George Airport.