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Winnipeg Airports Authority wraps up 2019 on a promising note

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – January 31, 2020– Passenger traffic remained steady and cargo volumes were up in 2019 at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

Despite the reduction in service across the industry due to the grounding of the 737 MAX, the airport welcomed 4.5 million travellers through its doors in 2019, the same as in 2018. The airport was on pace for its sixth consecutive year of record growth until the 737 MAX aircraft was removed from service, including being up 7.5 percent in the first quarter.

The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX on March 13, 2019 resulted in Canadian airlines adjusting flight schedules due to reductions in planned aircraft and seats available across the industry.

“Flat year-over-year passenger volumes, despite the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, shows the demand for air service in this market remains strong,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority.

Cargo traffic grew in the fourth quarter of 2019, further solidifying Winnipeg’s reputation as a cargo hub. The number of cargo planes landing at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport jumped 4.2 percent compared to the same period
the previous year. Gross takeoff weight was up 7 percent quarter-over-quarter, helping to drive an overall 7.6 percent increase in 2019. This means larger aircraft moved more goods in and out of Winnipeg last year.

“The significant growth in cargo traffic in 2019 demonstrates our strategic partnerships and investment in the airport’s cargo facilities are paying off,” said Rempel. “Everything from fresh cut flowers to agricultural equipment moves through Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, supporting Manitoba business, creating jobs and driving economic growth.”

WAA unaudited consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter was $34.2 million compared to $35.2 million for the same period in 2018.

Highlights from the fourth quarter include Winnipeg Airports Authority’s partnership with Swoop expanding to introduce more affordable travel options for our community. In November and December, Swoop launched seven new direct flights from Winnipeg, including year-round service to Orlando. Progress continued on upgrades to the Airport Terminal Building, including renovations to a new Tim Hortons and a new lounge, set to open in the first quarter of 2020. The new $27-million Ground Service Equipment Building continues to move forward, with tenants beginning to relocate to the space in February 2020.

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 working together toward a common vision.

WAA is proud to be recognized as one of Manitoba’s Top Employers for 2020, the ninth year in a row.

For more information:
Tyler MacAfee, Vice President, Communications and Government Relations
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Media Line: 204.992.2791

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