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Air passenger traffic down 55 per cent from 2019

Passenger traffic in December saw an increase from November, reaching the highest level since the start of the pandemic
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Air passenger traffic saw an increase in December, reaching the highest level since the start of the pandemic, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation said in a release issued today. 

“December was the best monthly performance since the start of the pandemic which was encouraging," Terry Bos, SSMADC President & CEO stated in the release. "However, with the new Omicron variant that arose toward the end of the month passenger levels have dropped and along with it flight schedules already in the New Year which is unfortunate.”

Passenger levels remain down more than 55 per cent overall from 2019 levels.  

The full release is as follows: 

Passenger traffic in December saw an increase from November, reaching the highest level since the start of the pandemic; passenger levels remain down over 55 per cent from 2019 levels. A passenger movement comparison:

Month

2019

2020

2021

January

16,309

15,185

1,619

February

15,369

15,725

1,100

March

18,550

9,531

1,479

April

16,842

63

1,334

May

17,364

69

1,616

June

17,331

440

2,253

July

18,800

2,112

4,250

August

20,812

3,170

6,114

September

16,900

2,798

6,551

October

18,697

2,744

8,593

November

16,045

2,213

7,155

December

18,258

2,718

9,283

All domestic service has returned to Sault Ste. Marie. The current number of flights provided by the three domestic airlines is as follows: Air Canada Express provides two flights daily. Bearskin Airlines provides 2 daily flights Sunday, 5 flights daily Monday and Friday; and 6 flights Tuesday to Thursday. Porter is providing 1 daily flight.

Terry Bos, SSMADC President & CEO stated: “December was the best monthly performance since the start of the pandemic which was encouraging. However, with the new Omicron variant that arose toward the end of the month passenger levels have dropped and along with it flight schedules already in the New Year which is unfortunate.”