Things are looking up at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.
Passenger traffic in February showed the second best performance in the past year compared to pre-pandemic levels, airport operators say.
Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. said passenger levels were at 80 per cent of pre-pandemic February levels. Only September 2022 showed better numbers, when traffic hit 83 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.
“It has been an encouraging start to 2023, with the passenger levels showing signs of recovery again, after a much slower than anticipated October to December,” Terry Bos, the corporation's president and CEO, said in a news release.
“The January and February performance has been led by the strength of the Sunwing numbers, continuing to show that the leisure market is on the road to recovery, while the government and business market is still not showing any measurable signs of recovery.”
February 2023 passenger traffic totalled 12,718, more than double the number of passengers in the same month in 2022, which saw 5,397 passengers.
February 2023’s numbers are also up nearly 1,000 from January 2023, which saw 11,739 passengers.
Current number of flights provided is as follows:
- Air Canada Express has two flights daily;
- Bearskin Airlines has two flights Sunday, three flights daily Monday and Friday, four flights daily Tuesday and Thursday, and six flights on Wednesday;
- Porter has two daily flights Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, three flights daily Monday, Thursday and Friday, and one daily on Saturday; and
- Sunwing is providing direct, non-stop international flights offering one flight weekly to Cuba.