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Sault airport sees post-summer travel numbers dip

Facility handles almost 14,000 passengers in September
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(Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. photo)

With summer in the rearview mirror, passenger traffic through the Sault Ste. Marie Airport took its expected September decline.

The airport’s development corporation reported passenger levels last month stood at 13,986, down from the August pace of 15,615.

Passenger stats through the terminal have shown month over month improvement since the beginning of the year as travel restrictions began to ease. But the number shows passenger travel still remain below the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

The airport said the September numbers were off 17 per cent from the same month three years ago.

“As anticipated, there was a decline in passenger levels in September with the end of the summer leisure travel season,” said Sault Ste, Marie Airport Development Corporation president-CEO Terry Bos in a news release. 

“However, even with the seasonal decline, the overall comparison for the month compared to pre-pandemic did show an improvement.

“This being the first month since the pandemic hit that passenger traffic has been within 20 pe cent of pre-pandemic levels.”

The Sault airport is serviced by three regional air carriers: Air Canada Express, Bearskin Airlines and Porter.