Passengers as far away as Germany, England, Switzerland, Japan and Barcelona use the Prince George International Airport. That information gathered by the Prince George Airport Authority who conducted a week long passenger survey in August. People from all around the globe come to Prince George and the North to do business, visit family or to check out the beautiful landscapes.
Surveyors asked passengers two questions: where are you from and where are you going? 43% of travelers were headed to Vancouver, 6% to Toronto, 4% to Victoria, Calgary, Kelowna and Edmonton. Other destinations included Cranbrook, Castlegar, Los Angeles, Ottawa and Nanaimo.
58% of passengers who flew out of YXS that week were from Prince George, while 14% were from Mackenzie, 5% from Quesnel and 4% from Vanderhoof. Passengers from as far away as Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Kelowna and Williams Lake also used the PG Airport.
President and CEO John Gibson says “The information gathered shows us the entire northern and central regions of the province use YXS. The Prince George International Airport is the North’s Airport.”
Lindsay Cotter, PGAA’s Marketing Manager, says “It is important to know who is using YXS as it helps the PGAA target the right communities with advertising, while also allowing us to see if there are any trends in destinations.”
The PGAA plans to ask passengers the exact two questions to in the spring to see if the information gathered is the same or different.
Over 3000 passengers were surveyed for one week in August 2011.