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Prince George airport passenger numbers slowly continue to improve during COVID-19

Numbers saw a 72 per cent drop last month compared to 2019
Runway at the Prince George Airport. (via Facebook/Prince George Airport Authority)

Passenger numbers at the Prince George airport are recovering after taking a massive hit in the early months of COVID-19. 

The airport authority saw a 72 per cent decrease in August compared to the same month in 2019 with 11,006 travellers coming through the norther capital.

However, this shows an improvement for YXS as April and May were both down 96 per cent and June was recorded as 91 per cent, but July was only down 75 per cent compared to 2019 numbers. 

“The ongoing increase in passenger numbers continues to leave us feeling cautiously optimistic as we navigate through these uncertain times,” Prince George Airport Authority President and CEO Gordon Duke explains in a news release.

“The Prince George Airport Authority remains supportive of our airline partners and are working to help facilitate a successful return to service.”

Flair Air started its services last month with flights to and from Vancouver, as well as Edmonton.

Pacific Coastal Airlines makes its return to YXS on Oct. 4, which the airport says should boost numbers this month. 

“We have worked hard to increase customer confidence and experience through increased cleaning protocols, open communication, and the introduction of new passenger services” Duke adds.

Prince George Airport Authority made masks mandatory while in the terminal at all times as of July 21 while also only allowing those with a valid ticket to be in the building, unless a traveller requires assistance.

- with files from Hanna Petersen, PrinceGeorgeMatters