2018 the best year ever at the Kamloops Airport

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Airport recorded the most passengers ever in 2018.

The airport's managing director Heather McCarley presented the 2018 highlights to city council today, Jan. 15, which included the passenger statistics.

Over 351,000 people travelled through the airport last year, up 10.6 per cent from 2017.

Though smokey skies during the fire season affected the third quarter, McCarley says this past December was "the best month on record."

WestJet added service from Kamloops to Calgary in May which continues, and Air Canada Rouge provided direct flights to Toronto between the months of June and October. The Air Canada service will continue in the upcoming season starting June 20.

The airport's security, lighting and washrooms also saw a significant upgrade. All in all, 23 capital projects were completed.

"We're the first impression when people come, and the last impression when they leave," McCarley says. "And we take that responsibility very seriously."

Next year the airport is looking to continue upgrades including a solar energy installation.


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