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New Passenger Record at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

WINNIPEG, MB – September 14, 2017 – Winnipeg Richardson International Airport has set another record for passenger traffic. August 2017 was the busiest month ever for the airport, seeing 447,382 passengers pass through the airport. This is a 13 per cent increase from August 2016.

“The incredible growth we are seeing at the airport is proof that our city and province are on the right track,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Whether it was families travelling to our city to see loved ones, tourists here to take in our world-class attractions, or young athletes coming for the Canada Summer Games, August was an incredible month for the airport.”

This August the airport played a role in some of our city’s biggest moments of 2017 so far. The airport welcomed Canada’s best young athletes to Winnipeg to pursue their dreams at the Canada Summer Games. Emad Mishko Tamo, a young Yazidi boy, was reunited with his mother at the airport, a testament to the power of social media. At the end of the month, the airport saw residents of Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill evacuated due to the threat of forest fires.

August 2017 marks 16 months of consecutive passenger growth at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

About Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. is a non-share capital corporation, meaning all net revenue is reinvested back into the company. WAA is responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, the Iqaluit International Airport and other affiliated businesses. WAA is a leader in transport innovation and growth, providing excellent airport services and facilities in a fiscally prudent manner. WAA is one of Manitoba’s Top 25 Employers for 2017, the sixth year in a row. Learn more at

Further information:
Tyler MacAfee
Director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Phone: 204.981.8420 24 Hour Media Line: 204.992.2791
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