Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation Passenger Levels Remain at Record Lows

Sault Ste. Marie Airport

Passenger traffic in January was down 89.3% with the fiscal year to date (April to January) drop coming in at 89.8%.  The past ten 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%
July 2,112 -88.8%
August 3,170 -84.8%
September 2,798 -83.4%
October 2,744 -85.3%
November 2,213 -86.2%
December 2,718 -85.1%
January 1,619 -89.3%


The Sault Ste Marie Airport Development Corporation is unique in the country being one of  only two regional airports with no municipal or regional government affiliation; it is a private not for profit corporation that owns and operates the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.  As such the SSMADC must self-fund all operational and capital costs with user fees, leases, and customer pay items such as car park and AIF (Airport Improvement Fee).

Aircraft traffic movements have also been greatly reduced during the pandemic the latest available data covers through November 2020 and shows the following levels for the past eight months:

Month Aircraft Movements Change from Previous Year
April 575 -91.0%
May 875 -89.6%
June 954 -87.7%
July 1,245 -81.0%
August 2,703 -57.1%
September 4,922 -12.3%
October 4,819 -23.2%
November 3,684 -18.7%


Bearskin Airlines is operating up to 2 flights Sunday and up to 4 daily flights Monday to Friday.  Air Canada Express is offering up to one daily flight.  This continues to be a major decrease in flight options compared to February of 2020 when Air Canada was flying 4 daily flights, Porter had up to 2 daily flights, Bearskin was flying up to 7 daily flights, and Sunwing was providing once weekly service.

Terry Bos President and CEO of the SSMADC stated “A strong system of airports is essential to supporting recovery from COVID-19 for our travel and tourism sector, as well as our trade-based regional and national economies.  Canada’s airports and our air sector partners want to play a leading role in this recovery but may not be able to effectively do so without intervention by government.”