It was a day for celebration at the Sault Ste Marie Airport Wednesday.
The airport has grown over the past two decades as an independent entity run by the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC).
This year, for the first time, the airport has officially processed 200,000 passengers.
To mark that milestone, the 200,000th officially processed passenger to land at the airport in 2015 received a pair of round trip tickets from Air Canada to any of that airline's destinations in North America, including Mexico and Hawaii.
The milestone was reached through an Air Canada flight November 29, said Terry Bos, SSMADC president and CEO.
Patricia Turco was on hand to pick up the prize for her husband Louis Turco.
To mark the 200,000th passenger milestone, there were also winners named for round trip flights from Porter Airlines and Bearskin Airlines, the Sault airport's two other air carrier tenants.
Tiffany-Jo Agliani won round trip tickets from Porter, while Dorothy Jane Graham won round trip tickets from Bearskin.
Door prizes and refreshments were available at Wednesday's event, which was open to the public.
Tisha Miller won a one-night stay at the Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front, Ed Camirand won a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express, Susan Jobst won a one-night stay at Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites, while James Sullivan won 121 air miles from Century 21.
SSMADC officials, including Terry Bos, the corporation's president and CEO, and Jerry Dolcetti, SSMADC board chair, were on hand for speeches at Wednesday's event.
(PHOTO: Patricia Turco picked up a pair of round trip tickets from Air Canada, won by her husband Louis Turco, from Fitti Lourenco, Air Canada director, government affairs, at a ceremony held at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, December 16, 2015. Darren Taylor/SooToday)