Terrace-Kitimat Airport sets new passenger record

John Crawford

The Northwest Regional Airport was busier last year than it's ever been, according to year-end statistics released by the airport authority.

Airport manager Carman Hendry says increased industrial activity in the region in 2019 -- especially the LNG Canada project at Kitimat -- resulted in rising numbers in each month, ending with just under 294-thousand passengers either departing from or arriving at the Terrace-Kitimat airport -- and that doesn't include charters.

"We're 22 per cent over the previous year and it is going to continue to grow due to the construction of the Kitimat terminal as well as the mining sector up north," he said. 

Hendry says the airport's recent renovations have helped the facilty cope with the increase.

"The airport is handling it quite well, the expansion to the hold room is helping out a lot, the arrivals area is a little small but people don't stay very long when they're arriving, they just grab their bag and go -- so all in all, the airport is faring quite well and I think people are comfortable and enjoying the facility," he said.

The previous record was set five years ago, when just over 253-thousand passengers passed through the gates at the Northwest Regional Airport.

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