Air journey: Winnipeg passenger numbers rising

Passenger numbers at Winnipeg Richardson Worldwide Airport are persevering with to take off this 12 months, based on a latest report from the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA).

Based on the WAA’s second-quarter report, greater than 775,000 passengers traveled by way of the airport in Winnipeg between April and June, which equals 71 per cent of the numbers in 2019 for a similar interval. The WAA stated that in comparison with the second quarter of 2021, the passenger complete is up 569 per cent.

“It implies that we’re going heading in the right direction, the place we all know that there’s a pent-up demand throughout the group for folks eager to journey,” stated Michel Rosset with the WAA. “A whole lot of them have not traveled in two and a half, virtually three years, by the point it was their final trip.”

Based on the WAA, 264,550 passengers got here by way of the airport all through Might, the primary time for the reason that pandemic began that greater than 250,000 folks got here by way of the terminal in a month. Greater than 11,000 folks got here by way of the airport on June 20, which the WAA stated was the very best single-day complete in 27 months.

Whereas air journey is enhancing, Rosset stated they’re nonetheless working to return to pre-pandemic numbers.

“Earlier than the pandemic, we noticed about 12,300 folks move by way of the airport each single day on common,” he stated. “Now, the most recent numbers are seeing nearly 9,600, 9700 passengers on common per day. So, the numbers are trending in the precise course, however we nonetheless have a methods to go to match these 2019 numbers.”

Rosset added the Winnipeg airport hasn’t been impacted by lengthy strains and delays seen at different airports, corresponding to Toronto’s Pearson Worldwide Airport, however provides the WAA is in dialogue with Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra in regards to the present scenario.

“Right here in Winnipeg, I do know we’re in dialog working with all of our airline companions, concession companions, the safety companions and our airline companions to make sure that everybody coming by way of right here has a very good expertise and a seamless expertise,” he stated.

The WAA can also be reporting a income enhance of 65 per cent from the second quarter of 2021.

-with information from CTV’s Maralee Caruso