The Greater Sudbury Airport posted an overall 18 per cent increase in the number of travellers visiting the airport in 2017, with almost 271,000 arriving and/or departing, compared to just over 229,000 in 2016.
The number of travellers for the first eight months of 2017 was up by more than 16 per cent. As of August 2017, just over 174,000 travellers had come through the airport, compared to almost 150,000 in 2016.
The significant increase is due to a combination of factors, according to Greater Sudbury Airport CEO Todd Tripp.
“This substantial growth can be attributed to the air carriers meeting passenger demand through improved scheduling, a stronger focus on flight reliability, and the upsizing of aircraft for certain flights," said Tripp in a news release.
"Additionally, the introduction of WestJet to the Sudbury market has been extremely beneficial. We want to extend our gratitude to Air Canada, Porter Airlines, Bearskin Airlines, WestJet, and Sunwing for their exceptional service over the past year”