Kamloops Airport just had its busiest first quarter on record

Traveller numbers soared at the Kamloops Airport during the first three months of 2018.

YKA recorded its busiest first quarter on record, welcoming 92,471 travellers through January, February and March. It reflected a 5.8% increase over the same period in 2017.

Airport managing director Heather McCarley said she couldn’t attribute the surge to anything other than a growth trend Kamloops is experiencing.

“I think passenger numbers tend to reflect the economy, the growth in Kamloops, there is a bit of a tie there,” she said.

The airport took a heavy hit during the 2017 wildfire season, with traveller numbers down 9.5% in July and 31% in August. By the end of the year, travellers were down 2.5% overall.

“We had that challenging third quarter and just two quarters in, we are now in a good growth trend,” McCarley said.

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