Traffic Soaring High at Charlottetown Airport
Air passenger traffic through Charlottetown Airport for the summer season increased 10 per cent between June and September compared to a year ago according to numbers released today by Charlottetown Airport Authority. Traffic in August reached a record breaking 52,000 passengers, the best month in the history of the Airport Authority.
Year-to-date, airport traffic is up 14 per cent to the end of September compared to the same period in 2015.
"We are certainly pleased to see double digit growth,” said Doug Newson, CEO of Charlottetown Airport Authority. "The increased capacity we have seen this year, especially over the summer months with the launch of Air Canada rouge in our market, has been a tremendous success.”
"The record traffic we’re seeing at the Charlottetown Airport is a clear sign that our quality product and world class hospitality are being recognized by potential travelers from all over the world,” said Heath MacDonald, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. "With growing demand comes the need for greater capacity and we are certainly thankful for the additional capacity that we have seen over the years. We look forward to continued work with all our partners to provide a greater number of options for access to our province.”
Newson is expecting another good year for Charlottetown Airport in 2017: "Our airline partners are planning now for summer 2017 and these results announced today certainly bode well for potential future increases in seat capacity.”
This winter season, WestJet returns with its direct flights from Charlottetown to Orlando, Florida running from December 16 to May 12. Sunwing Vacations will be flying non-stop to Varadero, Cuba, starting February 15 and running for 12 weeks.