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Sault Airport traffic numbers improve but remain below pre-pandemic levels

More than 15,000 people transit the facility in August
Sault airport Bearskin aircraft 1
(Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp.)

Passenger traffic through the Sault Ste. Marie Airport continues to trend upward with August being the fourth consecutive month of movement surpassing 10,000 people.

The airport development corporation posted 15,615 people as passed thorough the facility. That’s still off by 25 per cent of the pre-COVID days of August 2019.

Monthly passenger volumes through the airport has been growing in leaps and bounds since 4,937 people entered the terminal in January to more than 11,000 people posted in May.

 “It was encouraging to see the recovery trend continue through August likely due to the return of in class schooling at both Algoma University and Sault
College,” said Terry Bos, president-CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. in a news release.

“The fall will bring new challenges in seeing if business travel returns in order to offset the end of the summer leisure travel season. The return of Sunwing Airlines in December for weekly winter service to the sun destination of Cuba on Tuesdays will provide a winter service that has not occurred the past two winters which should provide a boost come December."

The airport hosts daily service from three regional air carriers, Air Canada Express, Bearskin Airlines and Porter.