Airport Traffic Up Despite Economic Slowdown | Jan 11, 2017

News Release – For Immediate Release

Airport Traffic Up Despite Economic Slowdown

January 11, 2017 Deer Lake, NL The Deer Lake Regional Airport experienced a 7% increase in passenger traffic in 2016 and established a new record for the busiest year ever. The number of travelers to and from the airport hit a new high of 364,714. The stronger than anticipated year was marked by month over month increases in all months with the exception of January and April. Record monthly traffic was also set in 8 out of the 12 months in 2016. A remarkably busy summer tourist season helped traffic levels reach new highs and August set a new mark of 50,647 passengers for the busiest month in the history of the airport.

Jamie Schwartz, Airport CEO, indicated that traffic was higher than projected for a variety of reasons. “The decline in the commuting worker traffic to Alberta was offset, in large part, by the transition of workers to and from the Muskrat Falls project”, said Schwartz. “Furthermore, an exceptionally stronger than usual summer tourist season generated greater demand for air travel”, added Schwartz.

The Chair of the Airport Authority, Walter Dominie, was pleased to see traffic levels exceed the forecasted numbers. We had expected a decline in traffic due to the challenges associated with resource based economies and the resulting  impact on commuting workers”, said Dominie. “We are encouraged by the numbers but remain cautious on our  outlook for 2017 due to the continued economic uncertainty for the oil sector in particular”, 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, 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

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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