Hope for new business at Kamloops airport

The Kamloops Airport continues to see increased traffic and has been catching the eye of potential new businesses.

There could be a new company coming to Fulton Field in Kamloops sometime in the near future - Jim Anderson of Venture Kamloops says the group is in the beginning stages of preparing to make a pitch to a company interested in the possibility of setting up shop at the airport.

Anderson says the marketing and development arm of the city has started to focus on being proactive when it comes to supporting local businesses, attracting new business and recruiting physicians.

One of the important factors council wants the group to look at is supporting the airport and increasing not only the number of flights and passengers that come through the gates but also new business opportunities.

Anderson says this falls well under the targeted business attraction and expansion of local facilities.

“There is currently an opportunity for a very large business that requires a tarmac and proximity to an airport,” he says, “and after an initial meeting with the company (Venture Kamloops is) now in the early stages of making a pitch to the company.

In the first four months of the year the airport saw an increase of passenger numbers over 2012. January saw a nearly five per cent increase, February a half per cent increase, March 2.8 per cent and April saw an impressive 10 per cent increase over 2012. The airport has averaged a 4.4 per cent increase between January and April for a total of more than 99,000 travelers.

Airport manager Fred Legace says the increased traffic in April can be attributed to international students and a growing number of people living in Kamloops and working in Northern Alberta.

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