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Passenger numbers drop at Kamloops airport for sixth straight month

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November 17, 2016 - 10:23 AM

KAMLOOPS - October was another slow month at the Kamloops Airport.

The number of air travellers going through the gates at Fulton Field decreased by more than 2,300, a drop of 9.5 per cent, according to a Kamloops Airport media release. Airport administration continue to cite the poor economic situation in northern Alberta and the springtime fire in Fort McMurray as the major factors in the decreased statistics.

The year started off hot, with the a strong ski season at Sun Peaks and major events like Hockey Day in Canada and the women’s hockey championship in the first few months bringing in higher than average air travellers.

However, despite the temporary addition of New Leaf flights in and out of Kamloops, there have been six months in a row with fewer air travellers. Last year was a record setting year for the airport, and in January 2016 the airport manager said he expected a minimal increase in 2016.

Work at the airport expanding the eastern part of the apron continues, with some sections already being used. Work will resume in the spring of 2017 to finish the project.

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