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Airport passenger numbers up in 2021, but still well below pre-pandemic levels

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

Passenger numbers at the Prince George Airport were up almost 14 per cent in 2021 compared to the previous year. However, they are still less than half of pre-pandemic levels.

The beginning of the year saw passenger numbers similar to 2020 but the airport started to see some encouraging recovery starting in July. The airport also saw increased air service in the second and third quarter of the year. Although this dipped in the fourth quarter, the airport remains cautiously optimistic that as passenger numbers continue to rise, they will continue to see an increase in air service.

“We are cautiously optimistic as we head into the new year that we will continue to see the recovery trend that started mid-way through 2021,” said president and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA), Gordon Duke. “The federal government has put regulations in place, such as masks and requiring proof of vaccination, in order to help make travel safer for everyone. The safety of our passengers, staff, and airport tenants is of utmost importance to us”.

The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) participated in a few safety and security technology testing programs in partnership with Innovative Solutions Canada. Whitecap RSC Medical opened a COVID-19 testing facility at YXS providing testing to the public and staff.
They welcomed Farmhouse Catering to the YXS family. They opened a Gourmet Express in the departures lounge and continue to work on making improvements to the restaurant pre-security.

The PGAA also offered SuperHost customer service training to the public in a virtual setting and the new long-term parking equipment arrived and was installed. This has been a long-standing customer complaint that the PGAA is happy to see resolved and we thank the public for their patience on this project.

Yearly passenger numbers at a glance:

  • 2021 – 201,506
  • 2020 – 176,994
  • 2019 – 496,714
  • 2018 – 506,486
  • 2017 – 499,125

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