Passenger traffic up 7% YTD at Gander
(May 10, 2013) Passenger traffic at Gander International Airport grew seven per cent year to date as of the end of April.
Growth in 2013 comes on the heels of a 5.7% increase in 2012, representing the best year for passenger traffic recorded at Gander since 1989.
“We are pleased to see sustained passenger growth at our airport and are thankful so many travelers are choosing the convenience of flying from Gander,” said Gander International Airport Authority (GIAA) President and CEO Gary Vey.
On May 1, Air Canada introduced a fourth daily departure from Gander to St. John’s, serviced by Tier III operator EVAS Air. Sunwing Airlines recently concluded a successful nine week series to the Dominican Republic and Cuba. In June, Air Canada’s seasonal nonstop service to Toronto returns. Sunwing also provides twice weekly service to Toronto for the summer peak.
“We are forecasting continued passenger growth for 2013,” Mr. Vey said. “Our airport still cedes market share when Central Newfoundlanders fly from other airports, but we are making headway. The Canadian aviation landscape is fast changing, and greater focus is being placed on smaller markets. Airlines are fleeting to take advantage of these opportunities. It opens up a host of interesting possibilities for a market like ours. As we introduce new capacity and travel options, the market will grow with it.”
The Gander International Airport Authority is the not-for-profit organization created in 1996 to manage operations at Gander International Airport (CYQX). The airport plays a key role in the economic and community development of the Central Newfoundland region. In 2013, the airport celebrates its 75th year of operations.
For further information, contact:
Gary Vey, President and CEO
Phone: (709) 256-6668