Record breaking traffic in 2014
The Charlottetown Airport Authority announced today that passenger traffic in 2014 was up 7.3% compared to 2013.
"We had a record breaking year with 317,827 enplaned and deplaned passengers,” said Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. "And it was the first time in our history that we surpassed the 300,000 passenger mark.”
Newson said that PEI 2014 celebrations across the Island contributed a lot to the increased passenger traffic with world-class concerts like Shania Twain and all the events from tip-to-tip motivating people to travel.
"People had many reasons to come to PEI in 2014 and the provincial government put additional marketing effort into promoting the Island. Charlottetown Airport worked closely with our airline partners and they responded to the anticipated increased demand with additional seat capacity. From our perspective it was a win-win situation for everyone,” noted Newson.
Newson is expecting another good year for Charlottetown Airport in 2015. This winter season, Islanders wanting to escape to warmer weather will have the option of flying direct from Charlottetown with Sunwing Vacations on non-stop direct flights to Holguin, Cuba starting February 17th and running for 13 weeks.
For the 2015 summer season Charlottetown Airport is anticipating a slight decrease in overall seat capacity compared to 2014. Delta Airlines has suspended their seasonal July and August flights between New York and Charlottetown this year due to some operational constraints at JFK airport in New York this summer.
"Passenger numbers for Delta on the Charlottetown route were strong in 2014,” said Newson, "but unfortunately due to operational constraints, they could not make it work this year. We have a good relationship with Delta and have already had preliminary discussions regarding a return to Charlottetown in 2016.”
Air Canada will make slight adjustments to the extra capacity that was added for the 2014 celebrations, while WestJet will maintain its 2014 capacity.