Sault Airport Sees 98.9% Drop in Passengers

Sault Ste. Marie Airport

Traffic for the first fiscal quarter April to June 2020 totalled 572 passengers.  This represents a quarterly decrease of 98.9%.  The past three months of traffic levels are as follows:


Month Passengers Change from Previous Year
April 63 -99.6%
May 69 -99.6%
June 440 -97.5%


The Sault Ste Marie Airport Development Corporation is a private not for profit corporation that owns and operates the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.  The SSMADC self-funds all operational and capital costs with user fees, leases, and customer pay items such as car park and for capital purposes AIF.

Aircraft traffic levels have also been greatly reduced since the onset of the pandemic, the latest available data covers through April 2020 and shows the following levels for the last three months:


Month Aircraft Movements Change from Previous Year
February 5,122 59.8%
March 3,418 -21.1%
April 575 -91.0%


Bearskin Airlines is currently operating alternating weeks of 2 daily flights Sunday to Friday and 4 daily flights Sunday to Friday.  Air Canada Express returned service to Sault Ste. Marie on Monday June 22nd 2020 and is currently flying one daily flight Monday to Friday.  This is a major decrease in flight options compared to July of 2019 when Air Canada was flying 6 daily flights, Porter had up to 3 daily flights, and Bearskin was flying up to 7 daily flights.

Terry Bos President and CEO of the SSMADC stated “These continue to be very challenging times for the aviation industry and the airport itself; the decrease in passenger levels and aircraft movements has been severe and there is no indication yet when things may start to return to normal.”


    • Kathy MacIntyre that’s what I was scrolling to look for… I totally agree, and people still shouldn’t be travelling in reality unless it’s a dire emergency or for business that just can’t be done via a phone call or email.

  1. Well perhaps when the pandemic started and people had flights booked for vacations out of town they should give them their money back or refunded part of their airline tickets when they had to cancel their vacation

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