Wild­fires kept air­port busy

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Cit­i­zen staff

Record-set­ting num­bers of trav­ellers passed through Prince Ge­orge Air­port in July and Au­gust.

The count for July was more than 42,000, an 18-per-cent in­crease over the same month last year, and for Au­gust it was close to 46,000, a 21-per-cent jump.

“We be­lieve the wild­fires in B.C.’s In­te­rior played a role in the in­creases as many peo­ple changed their sum­mer travel plans be­cause of the un­cer­tainty with high­way clo­sures” said Prince Ge­orge Air­port Au­thor­ity pres­i­dent and CEO John Gib­son.

“Cen­tral Moun­tain Air’s ad­di­tional flights to Edmonton, through to Cal­gary, and their non-stop flight to Daw­son Creek can also be at­trib­uted to the dou­ble digit in­crease.”

Other months that ex­pe­ri­enced high growth this year in­cluded April at nine per cent and May with six per cent over the same months last year.

At this point of time, year to date traf­fic is up 7.6 per cent over 2016.

Last year, 462,007 pas­sen­gers trav­elled in and out of the Prince Ge­orge Air­port.

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