The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is reporting that 440 passengers passed through in the month of June.
This marks a significant increase from the 132 total passengers reported to have travelled through the Sault in April and May combined, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak.
In a press release issued today, the airport's development corporation stated that it has seen record-low passenger levels over the last three months.
The breakdown of traffic levels per month is as follows:
- April: 63 passengers, a decrease of 99.6 per cent from last year
- May: 69 passengers, a decrease of 99.6 per cent from last year
- June: 440 passengers, a decrease of 97.5 per cent from last year
Air traffic levels are also down, as Bearskin Airlines is currently operating on alternating weeks of two daily flights Sunday to Friday and four daily flights Sunday to Friday. Air Canada Express just resumed service to Sault Ste. Marie on June 22 and is currently flying one daily flight Monday to Friday. Porter Airlines is currently not flying and has extended their flight suspension until the end of August.
While the Canadian government has implemented travel restrictions on land crossings for leisure travel, passengers can still enter and leave the country by air.
However, the federal government is still advising that non-essential travel outside of Canada be avoided due to COVID-19.