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:
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.