Prince Rupert Airport numbers climb in 2014

The Prince Rupert Airport experienced an increase in the number of passengers going through the facility in the first half of 2014.

The Prince Rupert Airport (YPR) once again experienced an increase in the number of passengers going through the facility in the first half of 2014.

Richard Reed, manager of the Prince Rupert Airport, said 32,000 passengers went through YPR in the first six months of 2014, which is up 5.9 per cent over the same period of 2013 when 30,100 passengers used the airport.

“We’ve been following an upward trend,” Reed said.

Reed attributes the increase to the business interest in Prince Rupert, primarily in liquefied natural gas export, as well as Prince Rupert being frequented by tourists.

The increase has meant the City of Prince Rupert collected more revenue than expected from the Digby Island airport ferry, nearly $40,000 more than revenues collected in the first six months of 2013.

While the increase of passengers has meant the city is collecting more from the airport ferry, it still expects the operation will end up posting a deficit.

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