Prince George Airport Makes History

Prince George, BC – The Prince George Airport finished 2008 on a high, recording 417,484 passengers through their doors. This is the largest ever passenger volume in the history of the Prince George Airport.

“These numbers represent enplaned and deplaned passengers flying on scheduled services into Prince George,” Todd Doherty, Manager Aviation Services stated. “Despite increased fuel prices, an economic downturn, runway construction and severe winter weather conditions – our airlines still experienced growth in 2008,” finishes Doherty.

“Our airlines and passengers faced extraordinary challenges throughout the year and during the final days of the holiday season and 2008,” Doherty continued. “We are thankful for the continued support of our carriers and our region, and look forward to the year ahead.”

The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) took over operational control of the airport in 2003 and set forth immediately to build an airport that truly represents the needs of industry, tourism and the people of Northern BC. Since 2003 the PGAA through Federal and Provincial funding partnerships have invested $25 million into infrastructure and equipment improvements. In September of 2008, the PGAA completed a $36 million runway extension project that pushed the existing runway to 11,450 feet enabling the airport to pursue transpacific tech stops and cargo transshipment opportunities. This project is scheduled to be fully complete by June 2009.