Charlottetown, PE – YYG Charlottetown Airport released 2021 passenger numbers today. For the full year, 111,160 passengers travelled through the airport in 2021. These numbers represent only 29% of the record-breaking numbers seen in 2019, where 383,183 passenger movements were recorded.
“Although we were certainly pleased to see air travel start to recover in the latter half of 2021, a lot of work remains to get back to normal passenger numbers and flight activity,” says YYG Charlottetown Airport CEO, Doug Newson. “While we are in the midst of more challenging times for air travel right now, we do remain cautiously optimistic that summer 2022 has the potential to be much closer to those 2019 numbers.”
The past year saw the entrance of two new airline partners, Flair Airlines and PAL Airlines, to the Charlottetown market. It also saw the launch of the first ever flight connecting Prince Edward Island to Alberta, with non-stop service to Calgary on WestJet Airlines.
“We would be remiss as well if we didn’t acknowledge and thank Air Canada for their ongoing commitment to PEI as they have continued to serve the Island throughout the entire pandemic,” said Newson. “We also want to thank our government partners for their financial support, which has been instrumental in offsetting the financial impacts of the pandemic and will position us well for a strong recovery in the months and years ahead.”
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About the Airport Authority
Charlottetown Airport Authority Inc. assumed operational and financial responsibility for the Charlottetown Airport on March 1, 1999. The Board of Directors now oversee the affairs of the airport with a mission to provide a safe, secure, and fiscally responsible airport that connects PEI to the world and drives economic growth. Prior to the pandemic, more than 383,000 passengers travelled through the airport on an annual basis, generating more than $103-million in total economic activity in Prince Edward Island.
Doug Newson, CEO
Charlottetown Airport Authority Inc.