Passenger Traffic Increase At Sault Airport

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Sault Ste. Marie Airport

Passenger traffic in April increased 2,017.5% from last April, but was down 92.1% compared to 2019.  A passenger movement comparison:

Month 2019 2020 2021
March 18,550 9,531 1,479
April 16,842 63 1,334

 

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 affected by the pandemic the latest available data covers through February 2021:

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%
December 3,093 49.8%
January 2,650 -30.9%
February 4,188 -18.2%

 

Bearskin Airlines is operating up to 2 flights Sunday and up to 4 daily flights Monday to Friday.  Air Canada Express is offering six flights per week.  This continues to be a major decrease in flight options compared to May of 2019 when Air Canada was flying 4 daily flights, Porter was flying 3 flights daily Sunday to Friday and one on Saturday, and Bearskin was flying 5 flights Monday, 6 daily flights Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 on Thursday, 5 on Friday, 0 on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday.

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