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Pandemic still taking a bite out of air travel

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

The Prince George Airport saw 11,519 passengers use the airport in November, a drop of 71 per cent compared to the same month last year.

Numbers for October were slightly higher at 12,835, however the percentage drop was the same at 71 per cent over October 2019.

“Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a travel advisory on November 19 where she recommended non-essential travel be avoided,” said Prince George Airport Authority President & CEO, Gordon Duke. “Our airline partners have told us many people cancelled their travel plans to oblige. We are unsure how the month of December will fare as the advisory was carried over until January, however public safety is most important at this point.”

For those flying for essential purposes over the holidays, the airport has complied a list of tips to make your travel day less stressful:

  • Check the weather conditions in PG and at connecting airports and destinations, as poor conditions can significantly impact flight schedules. Check your airline’s website for the most up to date flight information.
  • Check your airline’s website for baggage size, weight restrictions and costs associated with checking your bags.
  • Place identification in both the inside and outside of your baggage. Be sure to check your bags to ensure prohibited items are not present. For more information visit the “Pack Smart” section of CATSA’s website (http://www.catsa.gc.ca/whatcanIbring)
  • If you’re travelling with gifts, leave them unwrapped. They may be opened by screening officials for inspection.
  • To minimize the risk of damage or loss, don’t pack fragile or valuable items in checked baggage. Take them with you in carry-on baggage, or ship them to your destination instead.
  • If you are given the option, check in online; it will save you time. Most airlines offer this service 24 hours before the departure time of the flight.
  • The year 2020 has been an unprecedented year for all. The Prince George Airport Authority looks forward to 2021 as the COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon. We continue to work with our airline partners and all our stakeholders to ensure a success return to regular operations.

A reminder that masks are mandatory at YXS and only employees and passengers with a valid ticket are permitted inside the terminal, unless assistance is required. Short term parking fees have been eliminated if you stay with your vehicle.

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