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MORE people are flying in and out of Richardson International Airport, and those numbers are expected to continue climbing with the recent introduction of more new services such as NewLeaf Travel, Canada’s first ultra-low-cost air service.
"We’ve got a lot of good things coming," Barry Rempel, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Airports Authority, said Tuesday after releasing the WAA’s second-quarter passenger volumes and financial results.
The WAA, which manages and operates the Winnipeg airport, said passenger volumes for the quarter were up 3.68 per cent from a year earlier, increasing to 957,318 people.
That helped boost consolidated revenue for the quarter by $1.1 million, or 4.1 per cent, to $28 million from $26.9 million. Earnings before interest, depreciation and taxes also grew by $300,000, or 2.2 per cent, to $14 million from $13.7 million.
"The growth in passenger traffic is testament to (our) ‘community-first’ approach," Rempel said.
"Improving connectivity while providing excellence in airport services is part of WAA’s commitment to our region."
Examples he cited of "improved connectivity" were WestJet’s recent launch of non-stop flights between Winnipeg and London, England; WestJet’s July 2 launch of flights between Winnipeg and Halifax; and NewLeaf’s Monday launch of direct flights between Winnipeg and four other Canadian cities — Abbotsford, Hamilton, Kelowna and Victoria.
NewLeaf will soon add flights to Edmonton, too, and Halifax is also in the works.
"Their (NewLeaf’s) plan is to bring in more aircraft as they become available, and we will be seeing more and more frequency as that capacity comes online," Rempel added.
He also noted WestJet and Air Canada both recently increased the frequency of some of their flights or added more seats on some routes. As well, Westjet has started matching NewLeaf’s pricing, which will also encourage people to fly more often.
"A good example is I was in the terminal yesterday, and there was a lady there from Kelowna... with her infant, and she was saying, ‘I can now come back twice (a year) to Winnipeg," he added.