Johanne Gallant at YFC's AGM.

The future is bright: Exceptional growth at YFC during 2023 continues into 2024

Strong demand and new services were the highlights of today’s Annual General Meeting of the Fredericton International Airport Authority (FIAA). Passengers at the Fredericton International Airport (YFC) increased 25% in 2023 compared to 2022. The growth has continued in the first quarter of 2024 with another 34% increase compared to the previous year.

“2023 was a great year for the Fredericton International Airport. With strong passenger numbers, a modern terminal, and strong community support, YFC is in a great position for continued growth,” said President and CEO Johanne Gallant.

Porter Airlines will be increasing service in summer 2024 and will operate two daily flights to Ottawa as well as one daily flight to Billy Bishop airport in downtown Toronto. Air Canada will serve Toronto and Montreal with larger aircraft, increasing its overall capacity to YFC. WestJet has also recently announced it will fly twice weekly between Fredericton and Calgary during the summer.

“These direct flights give travellers access to Canada’s major air travel hubs: Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. This means all three airlines can connect Fredericton with destinations throughout North America, and in the case of Air Canada, you can go anywhere in the world,” explained Jacques Fournier, Director of Commercial Development.

As always, safety remains a top priority for the airport. In 2023, the airport authority completed several important maintenance projects, including upgrades to the airfield electrical system, generator upgrades, and the installation of EV charging stations for ground handling equipment. The airport authority is also planning for a major capital project in 2025, the resurfacing of its primary runway.

2023 Highlights:

  • Employment levels surpass pre-pandemic numbers, with over 400 people employed by the 20 companies operating at YFC.
  • Installation of Glooscap and the Giant Beaver by Percy Sacobie, an artwork commissioned by the City of Fredericton and on permanent loan to the Fredericton International Airport.
  • Restart of the YFC Flybrary, a free service supported by the Fredericton Public Library.
  • Fredericton’s first flights to Calgary.
  • 25% passenger traffic growth over the previous year.
  • Air Canada increased capacity with larger planes serving the airport.
  • Porter Airlines announced it would increase flights to YFC in Summer 2024.
  • Sunwing resumed service to YFC, seeing strong demand. An additional flight was added for the 2024 season.

With a strong record of growth and a new terminal building, the Fredericton International Airport (YFC) is a comfortable and modern gateway for all of New Brunswick and the home airport for Fredericton’s Capital Region. YFC offers four airlines serving nine destinations, including Canada’s largest hubs, connecting New Brunswick to the world. Community is the heart of YFC, and the airport is proud to be home to 20 companies employing more than 400 New Brunswickers.