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As expected, pandemic has major impact on Kamloops Airport's passenger count

The first quarter of 2020 saw 91,683 passengers come through Kamloops Airport, an 11 per cent decrease from the 101,966 passengers who arrived and departed during the same January through March period in 2019
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A bird's-eye view of Kamloops Airport and Kamloops Lake beyond.

The first quarter of 2020 saw 91,683 passengers come through Kamloops Airport, an 11 per cent decrease from the 101,966 passengers who arrived and departed during the same January through March period in 2019.

The pandemic’s obvious impact on air travel could be seen in the second half of March, with the final month’s passenger tally at 21,123, a 38 per cent drop from March 2019, when 33,898 passengers passed through Fulton Field.

“Passenger numbers started out very strong in Q1 at levels, well above last year’s record activity,” airport managing director Ed Ratuski said.

“However, as the reach and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic became known and associated travel restrictions took effect, passenger traffic and scheduled passenger flights rapidly declined from mid-March onward.”

Ratuski said further reductions in commercial passenger activity are expected to continue through April and May and for as long as non-essential travel restrictions and isolation measures remain in effect.

Passengers are reminded that the airport terminal is open during for scheduled arrivals and departures only and visitors are asked to follow physical distancing measures established within the facility.

Kamloops Airport will remain fully operational for medivac, wildfire, cargo and charter flight activity.