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Kamloops airport numbers continue to gain altitude

The Kamloops Airport is set for a record year as it continues to see increased traffic.

KAMLOOPS - Nearly 20,000 more travellers have passed through the gates at Fulton Field compared to this time last year, keeping the Kamloops Airport on track for another record year.

More than 27,400 travellers used the airport in August 2014, up nine per cent over the same month the year before and bringing the year-to-date total to nearly 210,000 people.

Airport Managing Director Fred Legace says the increased numbers are due to a large international athletics tournament as well as the movement of university students. He thinks the number of people visiting friends and relatives continues to grow as well. An increase in courier service in the Kamloops area also led to an increase in airport activity.

Construction at the airport continues with a new business aimed at charter and corporate travel nearly complete and work on the new parking lot underway. The washrooms in the terminal also get an upgrade this month.

Last year was a record year for Sun Peaks, which may have also helped bump up the numbers at the airport.

In 2013, a record number of travellers, just over 290,000, took off or landed at the Kamloops airport.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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