Charlottetown Airport numbers match record

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Charlottetown Airport matched 2014's record-setting numbers last year.

Passenger traffic through the Charlottetown Airport in 2015 matched the record set in 2014.

The province-wide 1864 Charlottetown Conference 150th anniversary celebrations in 2014 boosted the traffic at the airport to an all-time high, and the airport says those numbers more or less held for 2015.

Based on passenger numbers released by the airport, 316,628 air travellers arrived and departed through Charlottetown Airport in 2015. Airport officials say that's less than one-half per cent below 2014's banner year.

"We had fantastic support from air travellers in 2015," said Charlottetown Airport Authority's CEO Doug Newson. "And everyone in our airport community, the air carriers, airport staff, and all of the ground services were firing on all cylinders."

Newson says that all signs are pointing to an even stronger year for Charlottetown Airport in 2016.

"It's a lot of good news for air travellers. We're looking at airline seat capacity increasing by over 15 per cent this year, and new additions like WestJet's non-stop flight to Orlando, Florida are very popular."

Sunwing returns with a seasonal weekly service to Varadero, Cuba departing Charlottetown on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 17 for 13 weeks. In addition, Air Canada's Rouge begins flying non-stop, twice daily between Charlottetown and Toronto on May 2 for the summer travel season, while the Air Canada daily direct service to Ottawa returns starting May 1.

Organizations: Charlottetown Airport, Air Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Orlando, Florida, Cuba Toronto Ottawa

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