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Air traffic returning, but slowly

Gordon Duke president and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority.

Traffic at the Prince George Airport (YXS) for the month of September was down 73 per cent when compared to the same month last year.

A total of 10,902 passengers came through YXS, compared to 40,697 in September of 2019.

“Slowly but surely we are seeing traffic increase at YXS. We continue to monitor, adjust and develop public health recommendations as we all make our way through this global pandemic,” said President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA), Gordon Duke. “We continue to work with our airline partners to promote their services and help in any way that we can.”

Pacific Coastal Airlines returned this month with non-stop service to Victoria three times per week and Air Canada added an additional flight to Vancouver on select days. Central Mountain Air added service to/from Kelowna on Fridays this month as well.

The Prince George Airport Authority is awaiting more information on how Ottawa will be helping industries hardest hit by COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referenced aid for airlines and airports in his Throne Speech a few weeks ago. The PGAA is also gearing up for winter operations. Additional seasonal equipment operators have been brought back on and our snow removal fleet is ready for the first sight of snow.

Also new this month is the ability to pay parking violations online via the airport’s website: A reminder that masks are mandatory at YXS and only employees and passengers with a valid ticket, unless a traveller requires assistance, are permitted inside the terminal. Short term parking fees have been eliminated if you stay with your vehicle. To educate the public on what travel looks like now, the PGAA has put together a video showcasing the new processes. It can be found on the website.

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