Airport Traffic On Par with Previous Year | January 10, 2018

News Release – For Immediate Release

Airport Traffic On Par with Previous Year

January 10, 2018 Deer Lake, NL
The Deer Lake Regional Airport experienced a modest decrease in passenger traffic in 2017 when compared to the previous year. The number of travelers to and from the airport in 2017 totalled 365,186, just 864 fewer than the record of 366,050 passengers set in 2016.

Passenger traffic was trending higher for the first eight months but decreased significantly during the later part of the year from September to December. Individual monthly records were established in January, April, May, June, July, and August. The month of August was the busiest month ever with a record of 50,952 passengers, up slightly by 305 travelers over the previous record set in August of 2016.

Jamie Schwartz, Airport CEO, indicated the travel trends for the year were both positive and concerning. “On the positive side, we had the strongest tourism season ever and we anticipate that trend to continue in 2018”, said Schwartz. “However, we are concerned with the declining traffic numbers within Newfoundland and Labrador resulting, in part, from the winding down of the Muskrat Falls Hydro Project in Labrador”, added Schwartz.

Walter Dominie, the Chair of the Airport Authority, indicated that traffic continues to be strong at Deer Lake despite the weak provincial economy and the continuation of a depressed oil sector in Alberta. “Workers commuting to Alberta and to major projects such as the Muskrat Falls Hydro Dam have always represented a sizable portion of our business”, said Dominie. “Our traffic has remained strong but we are concerned that Alberta traffic has not rebounded and there are no major projects on the horizon for commuting workers”, added Dominie.
The Deer Lake Regional Airport provides regular or seasonal domestic and charter passenger services with several airlines including Air Canada, Air Canada Express, EVAS, PAL Airlines, Sunwing, WestJet and WestJet Encore.

Year Passengers:
2006- 235,286
2007- 278,532
2008- 293,847
2009- 267,851
2010- 268,919
2011- 292,019
2012- 306,071
2013- 310,776
2014- 336,789
2015- 341,072
2016- 366,050
2017- 365,186

Jamie Schwartz, President & CEO
Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority 1 Airport Road, Suite 1
Telephone: 709-635-3601 Deer Lake, NL A8A 1A3

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