Kitchener-Waterloo

More summer trips helped Waterloo airport break passenger record

Despite losing a flight route with Bearskin Airlines to Ottawa, the Region of Waterloo International Airport posted a 4.9 per cent increase in the number of passengers in 2014.
The Region of Waterloo International Airport says a good summer helped boost the number of travellers who came through the airport's doors.

Despite losing a flight route with Bearskin Airlines to Ottawa, the Region of Waterloo International Airport posted a 4.9 per cent increase in the number of passengers in 2014. 

"I think fuller airplanes are accounting for the increase, we've seen pretty high load factors through the airport all year, so we're quite pleased with the results," said Chris Wood, the general manager at the airport.

In all, a record 145,508 passengers travelled through the airport in 2014, up from 138,733 passengers in 2013, which was a record number at the time.

Wood attributes part of the growth to the increase in the number of passengers who travelled in the summer months.

"We had a remarkable summer here, so it seemed like the summer really was very full as opposed to pretty full," said Woods. 

Here's a look at how the three warmest months looked for the airport: 

  • June 2014 saw 12,061 passengers compared to 11,248 passengers in June 2013.
  • July 2014 saw 13,651 passengers compared to 11,532 passengers in July 2013.
  • August 2014 saw 14,196 passengers compared to 11,959 passengers in August 2013.

Last April, Bearskin Airlines stopped all flights between the Region of Waterloo and Ottawa, because the company said the route was no longer financially viable. Bearskin ran six flights daily during the week, and an additional round-trip flight on Sunday. 

"Bearskin was here until April, so  the other airlines picked up the slack and increased our total numbers," said Wood. 

WestJet offers daily flights to Calgary, American Airlines' regional affiliate American Eagle offers daily flights to Chicago, and during winter months Sunwing flies weekly to Cancun, Mexico, all out of the Region of Waterloo International Airport.