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Passenger volume, revenue down at Winnipeg airport

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Air carriers reduced the number of seats available on their planes and that led to a drop in first-quarter passenger traffic volumes at Winnipeg’s international airport, the corporation in charge of operating the facility said today.

The Winnipeg Airports Authority said passenger volumes at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport were down 2.6 per cent from the first quarter of 2012 in the wake of air carriers reducing the total number of available seats by more than seven per cent.

However, by making fewer seats available, boarded load factors increased by 5.35 per cent, the WAA added.

"Increasingly fuller flights is good news for our carrier partners, while presenting challenges for infrastructure, market access for the travelling public, and airport revenues," said WAA president and CEO Barry Rempel.

The WAA said revenue for the quarter also declined by 3.8 per cent to $22.6 million from $23.5 million. And earnings before interest, depreciation and taxes fell by 11.1 per cent to $11.2 million from $12.6 million.

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