The Fredericton International Airport had its busiest month ever in August, with almost 45,000 travellers taking to the skies via YFC. In total, traffic is up 9.3% so far this year, and the airport is projected to achieve its ninth year in a row of record-breaking passenger traffic.
Improved flight options as well as a strong year in the tourism sector have contributed to Fredericton’s increased air passenger traffic in 2018. Travellers have more flights to choose from than ever before, with Air Canada increasing frequency to Montreal during the summer of 2018 and Porter Airlines joining the YFC family in September 2017. Sun destinations and WestJet’s service to Toronto continue to be popular choices with travellers as well.
“We work closely with our stakeholders to grow service in a way that brings growth to our community,” says Fredericton International Airport President and CEO, Johanne Gallant.
“That’s what success means to the airport authority – bringing the right services in to support tourism, business growth, and improve quality of life for New Brunswickers.”
The Fredericton International Airport generates significant economic benefits throughout the region. In 2017, a study by Tacit Elements Inc. showed that airport operations supported 662 FTE (full-time equivalent) jobs throughout the region, and contributed $38.8 million in GDP.
The Fredericton International Airport (YFC) serves approximately 398,000 passengers annually and offers direct daily service to the major hubs of Toronto (Pearson and Billy Bishop), Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax, along with seasonal service to the popular sun destinations Cancun, Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria, and Punta Cana. Through direct, indirect, and induced economic activity, YFC supports 662 jobs, generates $38.8 million in GDP, and creates $25.8 million in labour income for New Brunswick every year.