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Numbers 'encouraging,' but long way to go, says airport CEO

Though passenger numbers went up for the sixth consecutive month, numbers remain down from pre-pandemic levels
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Sault Ste. Marie Airport. Darren Taylor/SooToday

Though still down from what they were pre-pandemic, passenger levels continue to rise month-over-month at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport in 2022.

A total of 13,976 passengers passed through the terminal in July, up from 12,481 in June.

July's numbers remain down 25 per cent from July 2019 when 18,800 passengers were counted.

Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation president and CEO Terry Bos called the upward trend "encouraging," but added that "there is still a long way to go."

"It is hoped that with the return to in class schooling at both Algoma University and Sault College, that with their draw of out of town and foreign students that the fall months will continue the recovery trend," Bos added in a prepared statement. "It is also hoped that the return of Sunwing Airlines in December for weekly winter service to the sun destination of Cuba on Tuesdays that the winter may also start to return to a more normal level."

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