The North Peace Regional Airport continues to see record numbers of passengers flying into Fort St. John.
Passenger traffic jumped another 4% in 2019, to 278,720 passengers travelling on scheduled commercial service. Officials attribute the increase to additional frequencies added to WestJet’s Calgary route.
The passenger numbers don't include charter activity from Site C or industry, and beats the airport's previous high of 268,240 passengers in 2018.
The airport has seen continued record-setting growth over the past decade, save for a slight dip in 2016 due to a downturn in the ecomony.
Officials expect similar growth in 2020, without any major route or fleet adjustments by Air Canada or WestJet.
The airport continues plans to upgrade to Runway 03/21, its primary runway, which is at the end of its service life. The project is estimated to cost $18 million, and the airport currently has $250,000 in support from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
The airport will also be asking for a grant up to $3.1 million from the BC Air Access Program. It's also conducting a socio-economic impact study to help develop a business case for further government funding.
Airport operations employ around 385 people, and is responsible for roughly $32 million in GDP, $22.5 million in household incomes, and $10.4 million in taxes.
2019 - 278,720
2018 - 268,240
2017 - 252,898
2016 - 240,000
2015 - 257,295
2014 - 252,729
2013 - 186,104
2012 - 144,164
2011 - 128,526
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