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WAA Fuels Growth and Expands Offerings in Second Quarter of 2019

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – July 25, 2019 – Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) continued to build on its strong start to 2019, with the second quarter of the year seeing increased domestic and international travel and cargo growth.

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport greeted more than 1.1 million travellers in the second quarter of 2019, a 1.9 percent increase over the same period in 2018. May 2019 saw the greatest increase, up 4.1 percent over the same period in 2018.

Building on our reputation as a Canadian cargo hub, the second quarter of 2019 saw a 4.5 percent increase in gross takeoff weight for cargo aircraft as compared to the second quarter of 2018. This is a key metric of air cargo performance, indicating that larger planes are flowing through our airport more often with more goods.

Consolidated revenue for WAA was $33.5 million compared to $32.6 million for the same period in 2018.

“These results reflect a strong demand for air travel in this region,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of WAA. “Sustainable growth in passenger and cargo traffic demonstrates that WAA’s plan is working.”

Earlier this summer, WAA employees planted the Airport Harvest Garden. This is the 23rd year of growing a garden at the airport and donating the vegetables to Winnipeg Harvest.

WAA is continuing to invest in the airport throughout the rest of 2019. In early September, the runway rehabilitation project will be complete and Runway 13/31 will re-open. Construction of the $27 million Ground Services Equipment Building continues, with a grand opening set for later this fall. Concessions inside the terminal will be updated, with new options being added in response to traveller feedback.

Travellers will have new options for direct routes later this year as low cost airline Swoop has added seven new direct routes including flights to Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

About Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Winnipeg Airports Authority serves the community by leading transportation innovation and growth. As a non-share capital corporation, all net revenue is reinvested back into delivering on our mission of providing excellent airport services and facilities in a fiscally prudent manner. WAA does this through a group of companies that work together toward a common vision.
WAA is proud to be recognized as one of Manitoba’s Top Employers for 2019, the eighth year in a row.
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Tyler MacAfee
Vice President, Communications and Government Relations
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
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