Kamloops Airport saw a nearly six per cent bump in visitors in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same time last year.
From January through March, 92,471 visitors touched down in Kamloops, compared to 87,096 travellers during the same time in 2017.
“We’re now seeing a continued growth trend,” Kamloops Airport managing director Heather McCarley said.
The best-ever first quarter was recorded in 2016. This year’s numbers fall short that of that mark by 320 passengers.
“So very close,” McCarley said.
March bested a former record and McCarley said momentum is building on a strong fourth quarter in 2017. November and December saw an additional 5,100 passengers compared to the same time in 2016.
McCarley is optimistic looking ahead to the remainder of the year.
The float plane dock is due for completion in May, which is also when an additional Calgary flight will be added to WestJet’s offerings. Air Canada Rouge — Air Canada’s low-cost subsidy — will begin offering a non-stop flight to Toronto this summer. The direct route to Toronto starts on June 21, with three non-stop flights per week through Oct. 9, when it will be determined whether the route is sustainable enough to become permanent.
“It is a great time for air travel through Kamloops Airport,” McCarley said.
A rainbow-coloured crosswalk is also coming to the airport. They symbol showing support for the LGBTQ community will be painted this spring at the airport entrance/exit at Tranquille Road.
“We expect that will be painted soon,” McCarley said. “We’re waiting for the drier weather.”