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North Peace Airport saw over a quarter million passengers last year

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Regional Airport has once again recorded a year with over 250,000 passenger movements.

The Airport’s Managing Director Gord Duke said that in 2017, a total of 252,898 passengers boarded flights at YXJ, an increase of nearly five percent over 2016. March and August saw the highest passenger tallies last year at 22,620 and 22,128 respectively. Duke said that though the airport did not quite beat the previous passenger movement record set in 2015, he is very pleased with the rebound in the number of passengers that the airport served.

“This year we didn’t reach that, but we’re five percent of last year,” said Duke. “The look ahead is a modest increase, but certainly in the right direction.” This year the airport is not forecasting a major increase in the number of passengers, but he did say that the trend of slight increases is what was most positive.

The previous record at YXJ was set in 2015, when 257,295 passengers passed through the airport. Duke said that last year did see a notable increase in the number of passengers travelling by charter flight as opposed to by scheduled airline flight.

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