January 13, 2022
Prince George, BC – Passenger numbers at the Prince George Airport were up almost 14% in 2021 compared to the previous year. The beginning of the year saw passenger numbers similar to 2020 but we started to see some encouraging recovery starting in July. The airport also saw increased air service in the second and third quarter of the year. Although this dipped in the fourth quarter, the airport remains cautiously optimistic that as passenger numbers continue to rise, we will continue to see an increase in air service.
“We are cautiously optimistic as we head into the new year that we will continue to see the recovery trend that started mid-way through 2021” says President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA), Gordon Duke. “The Federal Government has put regulations in place, such as masks and requiring proof of vaccination, in order to help make travel safer for everyone. The safety of our passengers, staff, and airport tenants is of utmost importance to us”.
The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) participated in a few safety and security technology testing programs in partnership with Innovative Solutions Canada. Whitecap RSC Medical opened a COVID-19 testing facility at YXS providing testing to the public and staff.
We welcomed Farmhouse catering to the YXS family. They opened a Gourmet Express in the departures lounge and continue to work on making improvements to the restaurant pre-security. We look forward to this opening later in 2022.
The PGAA also offered SuperHost customer service training to the public in a virtual setting and the new long-term parking equipment arrived and was installed. This has been a long-standing customer complaint that the PGAA is happy to see resolved and we thank the public for their patience on this project.
In 2022, the PGAA will continue to provide a safe and efficient journey for our customers through the airport. Focus will continue to be on recovery and building resilience in our operations and service offerings.
Yearly passenger numbers at a glance:
2021 – 201,506
2020 – 176,994
2019 – 496,714
2018 – 506,486
2017 – 499,125
Monthly passenger numbers at a glance:
|Month||2020||2021||% Change Previous Month|
|% Change Prev. Yr||-64.37%||13.85%|