Recovering energy sector expected to boost Kamloops Airport numbers

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December 12, 2016 - 11:28am

KAMLOOPS — The manager of the Kamloops Airport says there are signs of life in the northern Alberta employment market, and that is brightening the outlook for passenger travel in 2017.

Fred Legace says November saw another slight decrease in traffic compared to the same month in 2015, down 3.5 per cent.

But Legace notes the trend may be starting to slowly reverse.

"In the last little bit we started to see a little bit of recovery in that area, some of the energy companies being in the process of bringing people back," said Legace, adding "come the new year we should anticipate that we will see that number start to fall off a little bit on the negative side, and maybe even climb back up into the positive."

Legace adds with the snowfall of the past few weeks, ski traffic has exploded, and he expects a strong December.

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