Airport Authority offers pandemic update

Prince George Airport traffic has taken a significant hit during the coronavirus pandemic.

Down 73 per cent from last September the airport saw 10,902 passengers come through its doors while last year it saw 40,697 people.

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"Slowly but surely we are seeing traffic increase at YXS," Gordon Duke, president and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA), said. "We continue to monitor, adjust and develop public health recommendations as we all make our way through this global pandemic."

Pacific Coastal Airlines is once again offering non-stop service to Victoria three times a week while Air Canada now offers an additional flight to Vancouver on certain days.

Central Mountain Air added service to and from Kelowna on Fridays.

The PGAA is also gearing up for winter operations.

Additional seasonal equipment operators have been brought back and the snow removal fleet is ready for the first snowfall.

The airport authority reminds all passengers that masks are mandatory at YXS and only employees and passengers with a valid ticket, unless a traveller requires assistance, are permitted inside the terminal.

Short term parking fees have been eliminated if visitors stay with their vehicle.

To educate the public on what travel looks like now, the PGAA has put together a video showcasing the new processes. It can be found on the website and parking violations can be paid online at www.pgairport.ca.

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