Passenger numbers continue to decline at the Kamloops Airport

By James Peters
April 18, 2017 - 11:30am

KAMLOOPS — More than 29,000 people flew through the Kamloops Airport last month, down just 1.5 per cent from the same month in 2016.

Year-to-date, passenger traffic is still down nearly six per cent.

Manager Fred Legace says traffic is slowly recovering after a quiet January and February.

"The first two months of the year were marked by a drop that was really related to the number of people who were traveling back and forth in Northern Alberta for work in the oil and gas sector. As a sector, it is starting to come back again. There have been some noises coming out of Alberta that they are looking to rehire some of the people that were laid off," said Legace. 

Legace adds April is typically the slowest month of the year, and the time when many airlines start dropping flights to markets like Kamloops.

But he adds that hasn't happened this year, and that is another encouraging sign.

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