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Another record-breaking year at London International Airport

London International Airport officials are predicting more than 850,000 passengers will pass through the facility in 2019 after record-breaking traffic last year.

Officials say they expect to "shatter" their 2018 record in the coming year

The London International Airport in London, Ont. (Dave Chidley/CBC)

London International Airport officials are predicting more than 850,000 passengers will pass through the facility in 2019 after record-breaking traffic last year. 

The airport brought in revenue of almost $12 million, a 3.6 per cent increase over 2017. 

"We continue to focus on improving passenger experience and growing the range of air services that we offer the passenger," said Mike Seabrook, president and CEO of the airport. 

In 2018, just over 537,000 passengers passed through the airport, a 3.1 per cent increase over the previous year. 

The airport paid $837,000 in taxes to the city. 

The steady increases at the airport have laid the groundwork for a record-breaking 2019 as well, Seabrook said in a statement. 

"Air travel is forecast to grow significantly in our region over the next decade and we believe our airport has a much bigger role to play." 

The airport has forecast that 50 per cent more passengers will pass through it in 2019, a "phenomenal" growth for the airport, Seabrook said. 

For the first time in London's history, there are direct flights to all major Canadian cities. 

"We are surrounded by many airports, big and small, and it is essential that we adhere to disciplined business practices to ensure our long-term success," Seabrook said.