© Heather Taweel
Doug Newson, the Charlottetown Airport Authority’s CEO
Authority says 2013 numbers matched record highs from year before and big numbers expected for 2014 anniversary year
Passenger traffic at the Charlottetown Airport matched a record high in 2013.
According to the airport authority, traffic in 2013 matched the airport’s record year in.
“Through the first six months of 2013 we experienced a small decrease in passenger traffic,” says Doug Newson, CEO of the authority. “Traffic was strong during the busy tourism season from July to September, which allowed us to finish the year very close to our record numbers in 2012.”
A total of 296,301 passengers arrived and departed at the airport last year, a decline of only .3 per cent from 2012’s record year. This was achieved with four per cent fewer scheduled seats available to and from the airport.
Air traveller research conducted throughout 2013 showed that residents of P.E.I. accounted for almost 60 per cent of the airport’s passenger traffic.
“More Islanders are flying more often,” says Newson. “And we certainly thank all Islanders for their continued support and for understanding the importance that the airport has on our local economy.”
Looking ahead to this year, Newson is excited that Charlottetown Airport is a major partner with P.E.I. 2014 Inc. as they look to capitalize on what is expected to be a big year for tourism.
The airport’s major airline partners, Air Canada and WestJet, have responded to demands for more seat capacity, boosting the number of scheduled seats by eight percent between July and August.
Air Canada will be reinstating daily non-stop service to Ottawa on June 1, while WestJet recently announced that its second daily flight in the peak summer will be a larger aircraft compared to last year.
Delta Air Lines will also be back with non-stop service from New York City’s JFK International Airport, starting July 1.
“It’s great news for P.E.I. that our airline partners are sharing our optimism for air travel demand this summer to Prince Edward Island,” says Newson. “We have been asking for more capacity and are grateful for their ongoing commitment to our community.”
For the current winter season, Sunwing is currently offering non-stop service to Cayo Coco, Cuba every Tuesday until early May.