Slow holiday season at the Kamloops airport
(ASHLEY LEGASSIC / iNFOnews.ca)
January 10, 2017 - 2:57 PM
KAMLOOPS - Another slow month at the Kamloops airport as air passenger numbers continued to lag behind a year ago.
Almost 3,000 fewer passengers passed through the gates at Fulton Field in December compared to the same month in 2015, a drop of over 10 per cent, according to a Kamloops Airport media release.
The slow holiday month meant 2016 actually had fewer air travellers compared to 2015 despite a very strong start to the year.
Airport manager Fred Legace says the slowdown in the Alberta oil economy is partially to blame, along with a late start to the Sun Peaks Resort ski season. Additionally, snow and frozen fog caused delays and the cancellation of flights around Christmas.
Over all 322,339 people went through the airport in 2016, compared to 324,042 in 2015.
Construction projects will continue at the airport this year, including improvements to the apron near the gates and the road to the entrance, Legace says.
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