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February 27, 2014

Airport traffic in 2013 matches record year in 2012

Passenger traffic through Charlottetown Airport in 2013 matched the airport’s record year in 2012 reports Charlottetown Airport Authority.

     "Through the first six months of 2013 we experienced a small decrease in passenger traffic,” says Doug Newson, CEO of the Authority. "Traffic was strong during the busy tourism season from July to September, which allowed us to finish the year very close to our record numbers in 2012.”
     A total of 296,301 passengers arrived and departed at Charlottetown Airport during 2013, a decline of only .3 percent from 2012’s record year. This was achieved with four percent fewer scheduled seats available to and from the airport.
     Air traveller research conducted throughout 2013 showed that residents of Prince Edward Island accounted for almost 60 percent of the airport’s passenger traffic.
     "More Islanders are flying more often,” says Newson. "And we certainly thank all Islanders for their continued support and for understanding the importance that the airport has on our local economy.”
     Looking ahead to 2014, Newson is excited that Charlottetown Airport is a major partner with PEI 2014 Inc. as they look to capitalize on what is expected to be a great year for tourism in Prince Edward Island.
     The airport’s major airline partners, Air Canada and WestJet, have responded to demands for more seat capacity, boosting the number of scheduled seats by eight percent between July and August.
     Air Canada will be reinstating daily non-stop service to Ottawa on June 1, while WestJet recently announced that their second daily flight in the peak summer will be a larger aircraft compared to last year.
     Delta Air Lines will also be back with non-stop service from New York City’s JFK International Airport, starting July 1.
     "It’s great news for PEI that our airline partners are sharing our optimism for air travel demand this summer to Prince Edward Island,” says Newson. "We have been asking for more capacity and are grateful for their ongoing commitment to our community.”
     For the current winter season, Sunwing is currently offering non-stop service to Cayo Coco, Cuba every Tuesday until early May.

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For more information contact:
Doug Newson,
CEO, Charlottetown Airport Authority
Telephone: (902) 566-7997 x222