Sault Airport Sees Highest Passenger Levels in 17 Months

Sault Airport

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – Passenger traffic in August saw an increase from July marking back to back months of the highest levels in the past 17 months, but remains down over 70% from 2019 levels.  A passenger movement comparison:

Month 2019 2020 2021
March 18,550 9,531 1,479
April 16,842 63 1,334
May 17,364 69 1,616
June 17,331 440 2,253
July 18,800 2,112 4,250
August 20,812 3,170 6,114


Terry Bos, SSMADC President & CEO stated: “Passenger levels continued an encouraging trend and aircraft were flying at above normal capacity levels.  Air Canada has since added a third daily flight after Labour Day which will hopefully provide for continued encouraging passenger level recovery.  The additional daily flight by Air Canada, a number of additional Bearskin flights per week and the impending return of Porter in October certainly provide for a level of optimism in the recovery.”

Bearskin Airlines provides 2 daily flights Sunday, 5 flights daily Monday to Thursday and 4 flights on Friday for a total of 26 flights per week.  Air Canada Express provides three flights daily.  This is still a decrease in flight options compared to September 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 31 flights per week.