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Still below 2019 levels, airport traffic continues to climb

Airlines represented at the Sault Airport increased passenger capacity in May of this year in order to meet the growing demand
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Sault Ste. Marie Airport file photo. Darren Taylor/SooToday

While passenger numbers at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport remain 28 per cent below those from June 2019, levels continue to climb.

“The recovery trend that started in February has certainly been encouraging,” says Sault Airport CEO Terry Bos in a news release. “The leisure travel market is recovery much nicer than that of the business travel market. As the economy continues to return to more normal activity, it is hoped that business and government travel will soon return as well.”

The three airlines represented at the Sault Airport increased passenger capacity in May of this year in order to meet the growing demand, the release states.

Air Canada Express currently offers three flights daily. Bearskin Airlines offers two flights on Sundays, five flights on Mondays and Fridays, and six flights daily Tuesday through Thursday. Porter provides two daily flights on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, three daily flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and one daily flight on Saturdays.

An airport passenger comparison can be seen below:

Month

2019

2020

2021

2022

January

16,309

15,185

1,619

4,937

February

15,369

15,725

1,100

5,397

March

18,550

9,531

1,479

7,678

April

16,842

63

1,334

9,000

May

17,364

69

1,616

11,378

June

17,331

440

2,253

12,481

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