YSJ sets all-time passenger record in 2017

For immediate release: May 8, 2018

Saint John – Efforts to attract new passengers has resulted in all-time record traffic for 2017, YSJ President and CEO Derrick Stanford announced today.

“It’s been a truly transformational year for our airport,” Stanford said at today’s annual general meeting of the Saint John Airport Authority. “This year brought many opportunities and challenges and when I reflect on all the YSJ team has achieved, I feel encouraged and excited for the year ahead.”

The Saint John Airport Authority also released its 2017 annual report as part of its annual general meeting.  Click here to read a copy!

The report shows strong growth with 263,719 passengers travelling through the airport, representing a 5.2 per cent increase over 2016 and surpassing the previous record of 252,000 in 2015.

Passenger growth is attributed to a number of enhancements implemented in 2017, including:

  • Airline partners: In September, Porter Airlines launched flights to Ottawa International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, offering YSJ two new destinations and leading to overall fare savings as a result of increased competition. Air Canada boosted capacity and added an additional seasonal daily flight to Toronto.
  • User-experience: Over the course of 2017, YSJ introduced new services and amenities including HotSpot Parking, duty-free shopping and electric vehicle charging.
  • Infrastructure: Capital projects in 2017 saw major renovations to three entrances (departures, arrivals and main), as well as to the public washrooms and departures lounge. In the short-term parking area, new walkways, paving, lighting, curbing and pay stations were added.

“These significant improvements combined with the recently-announced investment by the Governments of Canada and New Brunswick will ensure we’re able to build on the momentum established in 2017,” Stanford added. “Once our safety-related airfield improvements are complete, we’ll be in an enhanced position to realize our passenger growth and remain a key economic driver for the region.”

Airport traffic is expected to grow to more than 295,000 in 2018.

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About the Saint John Airport

Saint John Airport Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation serving air travel needs of 300,000 residents of southwestern New Brunswick spanning from Sussex to the Fundy Isles, and is a key element in the economic and social development of this region. The Airport’s economic impact is estimated at $68.7 million, with more than 480 jobs created directly and indirectly. All revenue of the Saint John Airport is reinvested in operations and facilities on-site.

For additional information or to coordinate an interview, please contact:
Derrick Stanford
President and CEO, Saint John Airport
Office: 506-644-8607
E-mail: dstanford@sjairport.ca

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