Char­lot­te­town Air­port reg­is­ters third straight an­nual hike in traf­fic

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND -

Pas­sen­ger traf­fic con­tin­ues to fly higher at the Char­lot­te­town Air­port. The air­port reg­is­tered an in­crease in pas­sen­ger num­bers for the third straight year in 2018. There was a to­tal of 370,730 pas­sen­ger move­ments in 2018, up slightly from the pre­vi­ous year.

Over the past five years, traf­fic has in­creased by 25 per cent.

“Al­though 2018 traf­fic num­bers are very sim­i­lar to 2017, given the drop in over­all seat ca­pac­ity and an early start to win­ter, this is still some­thing to cel­e­brate, said Doug New­son, CEO of the Char­lot­te­town Air­port Au­thor­ity.

“See­ing stable traf­fic num­bers with lower seat ca­pac­ity means our air­line part­ners op­er­ated with higher load fac­tors, and this should bode well for fu­ture ca­pac­ity in­creases and sched­ule en­hance­ments.’’

New­son adds that while he has not seen fi­nal­ized sched­ules for this sum­mer, he is op­ti­mistic 2019 will be an­other great year.

The Air­port Au­thor­ity also saw the com­ple­tion of the largest in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in its his­tory in 2018 with $18 mil­lion pumped into ma­jor run­way and taxi­ways up­grades.

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