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Sault airport passenger traffic trending upward

On-site flight training at the airport resumes this fall
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(Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. Facebook photo)

For the third consecutive month, passenger traffic through the Sault Ste. Marie Airport exceeded 10,000.

The airport’s development corporation reported 13,976 people passed through the facility in July. But passenger levels still remain down 25 per cent from the pre-pandemic period of 2019.

In July 2020 and 2021, passenger traffic for the month was 2,112 and 4,250, respectively.

In a news release, airport management is encouraged by the return of post-secondary flight training on site this fall will boost those numbers. “It is encouraging to see the recovery trend continuing,there is a long way to go however,” said Terry Bos, Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp president-CEO.

“It is hoped that with the return to in-class schooling at both Algoma University and Sault College, that with their draw of out-of-town and foreign students that the fall months will continue the recovery trend. It is also hoped that the return of Sunwing Airlines in December for weekly winter service to the sun destination of Cuba on Tuesdays that the winter may also start to return to a more normal level.”

The airport is served by three carriers, Air Canada Express, Bearskin Airlines and Porter.