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Airport sees increase in passengers in Q1

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James Richardson International Airport may have a cold winter to thank for increased passenger volumes int he first three months of 2014.

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James Richardson International Airport may have a cold winter to thank for increased passenger volumes int he first three months of 2014. Photo Store

Sunseekers looking to escape the coldest winter in Winnipeg in 116 years plus some additional carrier activity nudged up passenger traffic at Richardson International during the first three months of the year.

There were 1.1 per cent more passengers passing through the airport from January through March than a year ago.

Revenues for the three-month period were $25.5 million, up from $22.6 million a year ago while earnings before interest, depreciation and taxes remained the same at $11.2 million.

Headlining the new service offerings were WestJet Encore, which launched daily non-stop service between Winnipeg and Regina and Winnipeg and Saskatoon, while Sunwing added Freeport, Bahamas to its list of direct destinations from Winnipeg.

The quarter also saw the official opening of the airport campus’s newest tenant, The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel.

"Winnipeg Richardson International Airport was a hub of activity this quarter as some of our carriers expanded service options, our passengers took advantage of routes offering an escape from a record breaking cold winter, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes returned home to our airport with numerous medals," said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority, who just celebrated his 12th anniversary on the job.

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