Record Summer Traffic at Deer Lake Airport

News Release – For Immediate Release
Record Summer Traffic at Deer Lake Airport

(September 13, 2016 Deer Lake, NL) This summer was the busiest ever at the Deer Lake Regional
Airport as passenger traffic hit an alltime high for the months of June, July and August. A total of
130,398 enplaned / deplaned passengers were recorded during the three month period.
Traffic records were also established in each of the three months and August was the busiest month
in the history of the airport. Passenger numbers in June topped out at 31,921 for an increase of
12.2% over the same month last year and July reached 47,830 passengers, an increase of 4.7%
over 2015. A total of 50,647 passengers were recorded in August, representing an increase of
15.1% over the previous year. The year-to-date traffic levels are up by 6.5% over the same period in
the previous year.

Monthly Passenger Traffic

Month 2015 2016 Variance
June 28,447 31,921 12.20%
July 45,681 47,830 4.70%
August 44,000 50,647 15.10%

The CEO of the Deer Lake Regional Airport, Jamie Schwartz, indicated that a strong tourism season
generated increased activity through the airport. “From all accounts, this has been a banner year for
tourism in western Newfoundland, and we were fortunate to have the airline capacity to meet the
peak seasonal demand and help grow the industry,” said Schwartz.

Walter Dominie, Chair of the Airport Authority, was pleased with the increase in summer activity. “We
had anticipated a busy summer but these traffic numbers surpassed our expectations,” said Dominie.
“This is good news for the entire area because increased passenger traffic leads to greater economic
activity throughout the region”, 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, Air Labrador, PAL Airlines,
Sunwing, WestJet and WestJet Encore.

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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