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Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Breaks Passenger Traffic Record for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, passenger traffic at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport reached record levels. While seat capacity is down on some routes, the airport welcomed 3,778,035 passengers in 2015, growth of nearly 3% over the prior year.

“Momentum is building in the Winnipeg market, as evidenced by the solid growth in our passenger numbers for the second consecutive year,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are encouraged to see a growing number of people flying to and from Winnipeg. It is particularly helpful in our efforts with air carriers to increase capacity on existing routes and in attracting new destinations to better serve our community.”

During 2015, all major carriers made selective changes to capacity on many routes in order to meet demand. In addition, new seasonal flights to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico were added by Sunwing, a carrier that has been growing services from Winnipeg in recent years.

Looking ahead to 2016, travellers will enjoy added connectivity with the introduction of WestJet’s seasonal direct service to London, England beginning May 2016.

About Winnipeg Airports Authority
Named one of Manitoba’s Top Employers for the fifth consecutive year, Winnipeg Airports Authority is a non-share capital corporation responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, a full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients access to markets across Canada, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the world.

Located at the geographic centre of North America, with round-the-clock operations, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the number one dedicated freighter airport in Canada as measured by the number of flights. The airport generates over $3.6 billion in total economic output and welcomes nearly 3.78 million passengers annually.

For more information contact:

Breanne Talbot
Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
Winnipeg Airports Authority
Media line: 204.992.2791
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