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February 20, 2014                                                  For Immediate Release



Saskatoon Airport Reports Another Year of

Record Passenger Traffic!


2013 year-end passenger statistics are in for the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport and yet another record breaking year has been logged. December passenger numbers were up 8.8% over last December and total passenger volumes for 2013 were up 4.7% over 2012. In total 1,389,900 passengers passed through the Airport in the year. All travel sectors are reported strong with Domestic travel up 4.2%, Transborder up 7.7%, Sun Spot Charters up 4.1% and Saskatchewan traffic up 6.2%.


December of 2013 was the second busiest travel month ever for the Airport (124,400 passengers), surpassed only by January of 2013 (124,800).   


Over the past 10 years, 110 of the 120 months have had positive year over year passenger traffic. These numbers translate into an 82.6% increase from a decade ago.


In terms of air service, WestJet launched their new Encore service into the Saskatoon market in 2013 and additional Encore service was added last week with twice daily direct service to Winnipeg.  “We are pleased to see WestJet return to this market. It will be welcomed by our traveling community,” states Stephen Maybury, President and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA). WestJet also announced its current Las Vegas direct service will be expanded to run year round.  


The records continue to be broken with the strong “sun charter” season. January 2014 numbers reflected a 6.5% growth over last year with 132,600 travelers. As anticipated, the peak travel time over the February break has resulted in the public parking lot at capacity. Overflow parking have been prepared to accommodate the vehicular demand.


2013 was highlighted with the opening of Phase I of the Terminal expansion project. Phase 2 is targeted for completion in January of 2015.






About the Saskatoon Airport (airport code YXE):


YXE is served by seven airlines providing over 40 scheduled flights daily: Air Canada, WestJet, United, Delta, Transwest, Pronto, ExpressAir. Seasonal winter charter service provided by WestJet, Air Transat and Sunwing.


Non-Stop Destinations: Year-Round Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Winnipeg, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Regina, and Prince Albert.  

Seasonal service to Ottawa, Phoenix. Sun charter destinations to Mexico (Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Manzanillo, San Jose del Cabo), Cuba (Varadero, Santa Clara, Cayo Coco), Dominican (Punta Cana), Jamaica (Montego Bay).


Saskatoon ranks the 13th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.38 million passengers annually.


For more information contact:


Stephen Maybury

President & CEO


Maxine Montgomery

Manager, Customer & Terminal Services





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