February 20, 2014 For
Saskatoon Airport Reports Another Year of
Record Passenger Traffic!
2013 year-end passenger statistics are in for the
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport and yet another record
breaking year has been logged. December passenger numbers were up 8.8% over
last December and total passenger volumes for 2013 were up 4.7% over 2012. In
total 1,389,900 passengers passed through the Airport in the year. All travel
sectors are reported strong with Domestic travel up 4.2%, Transborder up 7.7%,
Sun Spot Charters up 4.1% and Saskatchewan traffic up 6.2%.
December of 2013 was the second busiest travel month ever
for the Airport (124,400 passengers), surpassed only by January of 2013 (124,800).
Over the past 10 years, 110 of the 120 months have had
positive year over year passenger traffic. These numbers translate into an
82.6% increase from a decade ago.
In terms of air service, WestJet launched their new Encore
service into the Saskatoon market in 2013 and additional Encore service was
added last week with twice daily direct service to Winnipeg. “We are pleased to see WestJet return to this
market. It will be welcomed by our traveling community,” states Stephen
Maybury, President and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA). WestJet
also announced its current Las Vegas direct service will be expanded to run
The records continue to be broken with the strong “sun
charter” season. January 2014 numbers reflected a 6.5% growth over last year
with 132,600 travelers. As anticipated, the peak travel time over the February
break has resulted in the public parking lot at capacity. Overflow parking have
been prepared to accommodate the vehicular demand.
2013 was highlighted with the opening of Phase I of the
Terminal expansion project. Phase 2 is targeted for completion in January of