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Record year for Prince George airport

 

Reaching nearly half a million passengers, the Prince George Airport (YXS) saw 499,125 enplaning and deplaning passengers in 2017.

“This was our biggest year on record,” said Prince George Airport Authority president John Gibson in a news release. “The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) attributes the growth to a continued stable, diversified economy as well as the wildfire activity experienced across the province last summer. Although the summer wildfires forced significant traffic off the road and into the air, we saw an increase in majority of the months compared to 2016.”

The month with the highest increase in passenger traffic took place in August which saw a 21 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2016, followed by July at 18 per cent and April and October at nine per cent. In terms of passenger service, Central Mountain Air (CMA) added non-stop service to both Edmonton and Dawson Creek in July. In 2017, CMA increased their passenger activity at YXS by creating a hub for the northern network which can also be attributed to the increase.

The 2017 passenger numbers are up eight per cent compared to year end 2016. Passenger numbers at a glance:

2017 – 499,125

2013 – 426,709

2016 – 462,007

2012 – 418,589

2015 – 470,849

2011 – 402,438

2014 – 445,929

2010 – 390,340