Kamloops Airport is reporting passenger numbers for the first quarter of 2021, showing a 91 per cent decline in ridership over last year, just prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a release, Kamloops Airport reported 8,628 passengers in the first three months of 2021, compared to 91,683 passengers in the first three months of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic would take hold around the end of the first quarter of 2020, meaning the 2020 numbers reflect pre-pandemic travel habits.
In March of 2021, Kamloops Airport saw 2,128 passengers, a 90 per cent drop from March of 2020, at which time 21,123 passengers took to the skies above Kamloops.
Those who did travel were attributed to essential reasons.
Workplaces, for example, charter flights for workers to remote areas, such as mines.
Meanwhile, passenger numbers are anticipated to stay low, due to travel restrictions in place to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus.
Kamloops Airport did, however, tout federal support for airlines, which has let to reestablishing of suspended routes.