Passenger numbers are down at Kamloops airport


KAMLOOPS - Airlines continue to report lower passenger numbers out of Kamloops Airport in 2017.

A 12 per cent drop compared to last year was recorded, continuing a trend over the last few months. Last winter was busy for the airport with two high profile hockey events, good weather and a ski strong season at Sun Peaks. Since then, though, numbers have be lower than the previous year.

Year-to-date, more than 4,600 fewer passengers have gone through the gates at the Kamloops Airport compared to 2016. This is the tenth straight month with fewer air passengers than the same time frame a year earlier.

In a press release, airport manager Fred Legace attributes the decrease in part to the Alberta market, which has been impacted by lower oil prices, meaning less people flying around the country.

“This market is important during the ski season and likely reflects a change in transportation mode from air to vehicle,” Legace says in the release.

Poor weather this winter has also impacted the number of passengers flying in and out of the airport.

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