Charlottetown Airport witnessed its highest traffic yet in 2017
The year 2017 was record-setting for Charlottetown Airport, as it witnessed a spike in passenger traffic.
According to a statement by airport authorities on Tuesday, 370,688 passengers plied through Charlottetown's Airport—marking a 4.6% increase from the previous year.
Airport CEO, Doug Newson remarked that he was quite ecstatic over the increase in traffic, and that tourism played a big role in achieving the feat.
“This is the second consecutive year of significant growth, our seventeen per cent increase since 2015 can largely be attributed to P.E.I.’s strong tourism industry,” said Newson.
The spike in traffic occurred mostly in summer months, with major increases from May to September. August had the highest traffic with 11.8% increase, followed by July with a 9.9% rise; June had 9.8%, September 5.9%, and May 5.5%.
Newson also attributed the rise in passenger traffic to Air Canada's operation of larger capacity planes this past summer.
Economic Development and Tourism Minister, Heath MacDonald said that the continual effort of the airport over the past decade to increase air access to the province is gradually becoming a success.
“The record passenger numbers we’ve seen over the last two years are a testament to that hard work and to the strength of the tourism industry on Prince Edward Island,” said MacDonald. Newson equally extended his gratitude towards every traveler who encouraged the airport throughout 2016 by opting to “fly P.E.I.”.