Passenger Numbers Flying High at Northwest Regional Airport
Passenger numbers are rising at a record-setting pace at the Northwest Regional Airport -- and the facility's manager expects that trend to continue for the next little while.
Carman Hendry says the mining sector in the northwest has been getting very busy -- and construction activity has begun to ramp up at the massive LNG Canada project at Kitimat.
The airport recently went through an extensive renovation project, and Hendry says has helped handle the increase -- although more still has to be done.
"These are record numbers -- in my terms here, I have been here for 17 years, I haven't seen numbers like this ever -- 2014 was our biggest year -- the facility is capable of handling 499 people in our hold room; the choke point would be our arrivals area, it is quite small; it was left as the next phase of our terminal building construction and that will be taking place -- hopefully within the next two years, we'll begin construction on that," he said.
In May, 24,267 passengers arrived at or departed from the Terrace-Kitimat Airport, which a record for the month and just 400 below the all-time record for any month set in August of 2014.