A declining trend in travellers through Kamloops Airport eased slightly in August, a promising sign as the Alberta and northern B.C. economies continues to rally.
“As we have seen in previous months, August continued a fall off of the northern Alberta market as the economic consequences are seen from both the wildfire in Fort McMurray and the downturn in the oil and gas sector,” said Fred Legace, airport manager, in his monthly report.
Passengers totaled 27,388 in August, a drop of 2.5 percent from August 2015. The same comparison showed an eight percent drop in July. Passenger traffic was increasing month by month until May, when a reversal began. Despite the trend, the overall number of travellers is up by 1.4 percent so far this year.
As well, forestry firefighting operations were down in August with the relatively low fire risk in the region.
A major project to rehabilitate the eastern portion of the main apron is now under way, Legace noted. The province is funding 75 percent the work under the B.C. Air Access program. Once completed, the project will allow the airport to safely handle larger aircraft at the air terminal building and to accommodate medevac and air cargo traffic in a separate area.