© Heather Taweel
Doug Newson, the Charlottetown Airport Authority’s CEO
Second quarter passenger traffic is up 6.3 per cent over the same period in 2013, the Charlottetown Airport Authority announced Monday.
Airport CEO Doug Newson says there is more good news for 2014 as June traffic was up 11 per cent.
“And this is only the beginning of the summer season,” said Newson. “Seat capacity at the airport will be almost 15 per cent higher compared to 2013 for the peak summer months of July and August.”
Newson says their airline partners have added additional flights and larger aircraft for the peak summer travel season.
“We are anticipating a very busy summer and are grateful to have this extra capacity to accommodate visitors wanting to vacation on P.E.I. this summer.”
The Airport Authority is advising passengers that because of this additional capacity lineups and processing during peak travel times could be longer than usual. Passengers are advised to allow for additional time, especially for those flying out during the early morning and early evening hours.
There are a number of travel options direct from Charlottetown during the summer. Delta Air Lines has daily flights from Charlottetown to New York City (JFK), which began July 1 and operate until Sept. 1.