Passenger traffic up for first time in 11 months at Kamloops Airport
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May 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Airport saw 1,500 more passengers last month than during the same month in 2016.
It’s the first time in 11 months that the airport saw any increase in travellers compared to the previous year.
Airport manager Fred Legace says in a press release the increase was a surprise. All sectors seemed to see an increase, so he reasons it could be due to the stronger economy.
Snowbombing, the music and winter sports festival at Sun Peaks, took place for the first time ever this year and likely brought in a large number of people through the airport, including organizers, musical acts and guests.
The airport has been reporting reduced numbers moving through the gates since May 2016. Legace has said the fire in Fort McMurray was at least partially to blame for the decrease, as oil field workers traveled less, combined with the slumping oil market.
Due to a slow start to 2017, the airport is still trending below last year overall. While this April saw an increase over April 2016, the month is not one of the busier months, with only 26,000 air passengers this year, compared to around 30,000 for most winter months earlier this year.
The apron rehabilitation project at the airport is also nearly done, which will provide more room to move for aircraft.
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