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Charlottetown airport sees bump in traffic

July 18, 2012, Charlottetown - The Charlottetown airport is having a good year so far.


July 18, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The airport authority posted its second quarter traffic results Tuesday, showing a passenger increase of close to nine per cent over the same period last year.

Airport CEO Doug Newson says the Charlottetown Airport is likely on its way to a record year.

Passenger traffic for the first six months was about 126,800 planed and deplaned passengers, which is an increase of 10,000 passengers over the same period last year.

Newson says one of the biggest factors leading to this growth was an increase in the number of seats offered by the airlines.

The airport requested airlines, notably Air Canada, add more seats after cutbacks in seat numbers last year.

"Obviously they do their reviews every year of traffic numbers and we had felt that they cut a little bit too much in last year's capacity, and so we were in discussions with Air Canada to add more seats for this particular year,'' Newson said.

"They've responded and luckily the traffic has responded as well.''