(Lincoln, June 15, 2015) On the heels of a challenging winter for Atlantic Canadian airports, Fredericton is posting yet another record-breaking month. The Fredericton International Airport Authority announced today that passenger traffic increased 20% in May 2015 compared to May 2014.
“This is an exceptional increase,” says President and CEO Johanne Gallant. “It’s rare to see passenger numbers jump like this year-over-year, and this certainly shows that the Fredericton International Airport is on a positive trend for 2015.”
Fredericton has been a strong market for the past few years, posting three consecutive years of growth in passenger traffic. Many factors contribute to this, but ultimately, it comes down to community support, offering the right products at the right price, and increased capacity.
“The team at the Fredericton Convention Centre and Fredericton Tourism are having great success bringing major conferences and sporting events here, and several of those happened to take place this May,” Gallant points out. She adds, “more and more, local travellers are also realizing that prices out of the Fredericton International Airport are improving. These competitive prices combined with the friendliness of the front-line staff here and the convenience YFC offers is bringing back people who may have chosen to fly through other airports in the past.”
The addition of WestJet’s two flights daily to Toronto was a significant factor in May as well, increasing capacity, competition and choice for travellers in the capital region.
“Our arrival in Fredericton earlier this spring marked the beginning of WestJet Encore’s strong entry into the Atlantic market, and the community has fully embraced our year-round service to Toronto and beyond,” said Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet Encore. “The Fredericton International Airport is a valued partner in building our presence in the area, and we would like to thank the people of Fredericton for their loyalty. We look forward to working together for many years to come.”