Kamloops Airport is on an exciting ascent. After a summer impacted by wildfires across B.C.’s interior, we are now anticipating growth throughout 2018. In fact, monthly passenger traffic in the first quarter of this year toppled that of the same period in 2017 [link to http://kamloopsairport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Media-Release-2018-Q1-Passenger-Stats.pdf], thanks to strong performance by airline partners WestJet and Air Canada.
And in June 2018, we will welcome new nonstop seasonal service to Toronto from Kamloops via Air Canada Rouge. This hotly-anticipated service will connect Kamloops to three of Air Canada’s Canadian hubs: Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, opening up the Kamloops region to travellers from across Canada and around the world thanks to Air Canada’s global network.
Travellers on both ends of the route stand to benefit, as the flight makes new vacations in both the Thompson Okanagan and Greater Toronto Hamilton areas possible. The new service is a result of concentrated efforts to grow both connectivity to the region and economic activity, in partnership with Tourism Kamloops and Tourism Sun Peaks.
The local economy will also benefit, as the new service provides local jobs and access to new markets for regional businesses. It is estimated that Kamloops Airport generates $72.2 million in total economic output and supports more than 850 jobs in the community.
In anticipation of continued growth, we are preparing to welcome passengers and provide a positive airport experience. We are pleased to have a new food truck operated by locally-owned Slow Smoke BBQ on airport property, along with rotating exhibits of local art in the terminals.
Another topic of interest for the airport and our community is land development in and around Kamloops Airport. While still in very early stages, a number of options are up for review, from retail development and a business park to an airport hotel and other community amenities. Regardless of which options move ahead, the ultimate goal is to complement city plans and add value to the community for locals and visitors alike.
Our team is hard at work to connect our passengers and local businesses to more than 80 global destinations with one ticket and one stop. We encourage you to fly local and support air services available through Air Canada, WestJet and Central Mountain Air.