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Record Summer for Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – September 18, 2018 – It was another record-setting summer at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. More passengers travelled through the airport this summer than any other, mainly driven by our busiest month ever.

This July and August 895,381 passengers travelled through the airport, eclipsing last year’s mark of 863,942. August also set a new record for total passengers in a single month with 462,719, a 3.4% increase over August 2017. July was up 3.9% over the previous July.

This growth can be attributed to an increase in both domestic and U.S. transborder traffic. Traffic growth was also spurred on by low-cost carrier Flair Air, as well as Swoop Airlines which entered the market in June.

“The increase in traffic this summer is directly connected to the growing interest in our city and province. Winnipeg and Manitoba are where people want to be, and we are seeing more and more traffic as a result,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “WAA continues to work with our airline partners to improve service and add more destinations to connect our region to the world.”

Traffic at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport has outperformed expectations outlined in WAA’s current Master Plan. This accelerated growth is expected to continue this fall, driven by Air Canada and WestJet, the low-cost carriers, and the start of the new charter season. Combined, it means more options to more destinations for travellers.

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport serves on average over 11,000 passengers per day with flights to over 60 nonstop destinations. Winnipeg is also the number one dedicated freighter airport in Canada, keeping goods flowing efficiently and building on our community's reputation as a transportation and logistics hub.

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 2018, the seventh year in a row. Learn more at


Tyler MacAfee
Director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
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