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2014-01-16 at 16:17

Airport's 2013 usage breaks passenger traffic record

By tbnewswatch.com

The Thunder Bay International Airport had had another record-breaking year for passenger traffic. 

The number of airport users increased by 2.4 per cent last year, which is nearly 780,000  people.

The airport sees around 110,000 flights a year, and about 75 per cent of those are passenger flights. The airport has been making modifications to help cope with the increasing load. 

Some of the modifications include expanding the parking lot and increasing the size of the runway. 

Airport president Scott McFadden says there are a number of reasons why the passenger volumes have increased.

McFadden adds that the airport has also benefitted from the new direct flights to Chicago by United Airlines. 

But the rising numbers may now be leveling out.  McFadden is predicting that 2014 will not likely see a similar increase in passenger volumes.

(Thunder Bay Television)

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hockey czar says:
110,000 flights /year is >300 /day....! I think not...
1/21/2014 9:25:09 AM
YQT says:
Westjet, Air Canada, United and even the regional carriers staff are decently pleasant. As for security screeners........time to lighten up, your job is seriously important, but your not a super cops, loose the attitudes.
1/18/2014 1:38:35 PM
dualcitzn says:
Congrats YQT on setting another record! YQT does provide great service considering the # of people that flow thru such a small terminal. I think they do a good job! I fly home to visit out of Charlotte due to cost issues, but the airport where I live is at least twice the size and in 2012 served just over 1m passengers. What YQT needs is a bigger, brighter terminal with friendlier staff (not just at the ticket counter). A friendly smile and a hello really can go a long way for everyone. Airlines control how you get to your destination NOT the airport.
1/17/2014 8:46:38 AM
farmgal says:
McFadden also commented that we have great service here. How can they say we have great service when you have to fly to Toronto to get to Edmonton?
1/16/2014 7:02:13 PM
Jjlane says:
Airline schedules and flight plans would have to do with the airlines, not the airport itself. Anyway there are lots of flights to Alberta that don't travel via Toronto.
1/17/2014 3:25:50 AM
SomeGuy says:
Farmgal, the airlines set their routes not the airpots. Also majority of the airlines use a Hub and Spoke method.

More information here:

1/17/2014 12:43:42 PM
jonthunder says:
And why is this article, news not linked with the change to short and long term parking? This is nothing but a scam from the airport authority and management. Encouraging long term parkers to use short term parking space will be an utter disaster...just wait and watch for the obvious results. Why is city council not dealing with this nonsense?
1/16/2014 6:08:43 PM
sky high says:
Instead of whining like a Thunder Bayite, why don't you just continue to put your vehicle in the long term instead of the short term. See how simple a solution can be, and how whining is just a thing people do because they love to see the degree of difficulty as astronomical (in even the simplest things). jon...there will be NO apocalyptical disaster come of this!
1/17/2014 8:18:25 AM
SomeGuy says:
I think your definition and the rest of the worlds definition of disaster are different.
1/17/2014 12:42:25 PM
sky high says:
Let's get this up to a million soon...the new Events Centre will certainly help push us past that mark within 7-10 years
1/16/2014 5:43:20 PM
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