A record-setting spike in passenger numbers at Fulton Field continued in the third quarter, according to figures released by Kamloops Airport on Friday.
More than 86,000 travellers passed through the airport during the third quarter (July, August and September) of 2018, up from less than 68,000 over the same time in 2017 — an increase of 22 per cent.
Kamloops Airport managing director Heather McCarley said that increase is due, in part, to 2017’s wildfire season, which saw the Tournament Capital socked in with smoke for weeks at a time.
In 2018, she said, smoky skies affected flights on three days.
“Passenger numbers continue to reflect positive growth with the highest third-quarter ever for Kamloops Airport, as well as the best July, August and September on record, exceeding the previous best third quarter of 2015 by eight per cent,” she said.
“The airport’s continued growth trend has been supported with the additional daily frequency on WestJet’s Kamloops to Calgary route that started May 1, and Air Canada Rouge direct summer service to Toronto.”
Year-to-date, 2018 numbers are up 10 per cent over 2017. So far this year, 256,921 travellers have used Kamloops Airport.