Saskatoon, SK: 2010 started out with a record month for passenger traffic at the Saskatoon Airport in January and that trend continued into February with a total of 109,147 passengers. This is the second highest month on record, closely behind the all-time record of January 2010 of 115,223 passengers.
The passenger statistics were up 5.7% in February from 2009 and 6.4% overall year to date. “To put this in perspective”, comments Bill Restall, President and CEO, “that is an average of almost 3900 passengers per day in February.”
The Saskatoon Airport has seen steady growth over the past five years. Monthly statistics show passenger growth is up 52% over January in 2005 and 40% over February of 2005.
Travel in virtually all segments is up in 2010 with Sunspot destination traffic leading the way with growth of nearly 18%. This is a result of 18 weekly charters to warm destination. Transborder traffic to the USA is up 17% - a result of additional US destinations and flight frequencies. “We expect this trend to continue,” adds Restall, “This April Delta Airlines will operate an additional daily flight to Minneapolis and United Airlines continues their twice daily flight to Denver and daily service to Chicago.”
The increased traffic has resulted in the Airport advancing the terminal and redevelopment project. Currently the ten year, 85 million dollar Airport capital program includes plans for a 25 million dollar terminal expansion.
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