Prince George Airport Authority Q2 Update

Prince George, BC –Passenger numbers at the Prince George Airport (YXS) continued to rise during the second quarter of 2022. The airport saw 28,621 passengers in April, 34,084 passengers in May, and 35,365 passengers in June.

“The growth in passenger numbers is an encouraging sign” says Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) President & CEO, Gordon Duke “Pre-pandemic, we saw an average of 41,000 passengers per month in the second quarter.”

Safety is the top priority at YXS. Every year, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting staff must undergo live fire training. The PGAA has partnered with Firemedix to be able to provide training to airports across Canada at our fire training facility. There are few live fire training facilities in Canada and given the constant changes in travel restrictions throughout the pandemic, the PGAA is looking to provide a ‘made in Canada’ solution for Canadian airports that rely on sending their staff out of country to complete this training. Any airports looking to utilize this facility for training should contact our Superintendent of Safety and Emergency Services, April Smit at 250-963-2405 or asmit@pgairport.ca.

Customer experience and community engagement continue to be a major focus for the Prince George Airport Authority. The Prince George Airport Authority is a community partner with the BC Summer Games and many staff members are volunteering for the games. The volunteer Ambassador program that had been suspended due to COVID has been reinstated. There are many open volunteer positions available. Anyone interested should contact the Manager of Community Relations, Chrisie Berry by email at cberry@pgairport.ca or by phone at 250-963-2431.

In 2021, the Prince George Airport was home to a type-trial apiary. This year, even more hives have been added to this program. The hives are located on the airfield close to the fence.

“Having the bees on our property is a great way for us to give back and do our part to help save the bees,” says Duke. “We look forward to continuing this program for years to come and becoming the ‘beesiest’ airport in Canada”.

The PGAA’s Annual Public Meeting and Community Consultation Meeting was held on May 11 at the Railway and Forestry Museum. The Airport Authority thanks those who were in attendance.

The Prince George Airport Authority would also like to remind all patrons of the airport that masks are required at all times in the terminal and on board the aircraft.