Kamloops Airport blames winter weather for passenger decline

By James Peters / Chad Harris
February 15, 2017 - 11:52am Updated: February 15, 2017 - 1:54pm

KAMLOOPS — YKA Airport Manager Fred Legace remains optimistic despite a surprise down month for passenger traffic in January.

4.2 per cent fewer travellers flew through Fulton Field last month than in January of 2016.

Legace says he was anticipating at least keeping the totals steady, but says Mother Nature played havoc with his plans.

"Weather is the difficult one for us. We did all right here; we only had a few hours where we had trouble operating. It was really the weather in Vancouver and Calgary that told the story. It was just trying to get flights launched out of those two centres that we rely on here for the Kamloops service," explained Legace.

Legace notes, weather notwithstanding, economic conditions in Alberta and BC paint a rosy picture for increasing totals in the months to come.

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