Kamloops Airport braces for slowdown

By James Peters
November 17, 2016 - 12:51pm Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:19pm

KAMLOOPS — The manager of the Kamloops Airport says a number of factors have him predicting a lean few months for passenger traffic in and out of Kamloops.

Numbers were down nearly 10 per cent in October.

Fred Legace says that's largely due to the downturn in the northern Alberta economy, and the tourist and 'friends and family' sectors haven't made up for it.

"We had anticipated that we would see the ski season would start; that has been delayed. We anticipate that we will see a little bit of a downturn related to that as well, because the ski season is all about snow, and unless we are getting snow then it is pretty difficult to get people to come up for that," explained Legace.

Sun Peaks announced earlier this week that the anticipated kickoff this weekend would need to be pushed back due to a lack of snow.

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