Plenty of hope despite lower Kamloops Airport numbers

By James Peters
January 10, 2017 - 11:46am

KAMLOOPS — The manager of the Kamloops Airport says, despite a year-end passenger total that was down from the previous year, 2016 was actually a good year for the airport.

About 322,000 people flew through Fulton Field last year, a marginal decrease from 2015.

But Manager Fred Legace says that number actually exceeded expectations.

"We had actually anticipated not as much traffic considering the Northern Alberta market that is traditionally pretty strong into Kamloops. To see us finish on par is good news. We're ahead of where we thought we would be."

Legace says there is evidence the Alberta employment market will slowly start to bounce back in 2017, and that leads him to cautiously predict growth for Kamloops Airport this year.

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