VANCOUVER, Jan. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ)
announced today that it served 308,937 passengers in 2011, an increase
of 4.2 per cent or 12,370 passengers over the previous year. This new
data puts YQQ well above the minimal passenger growth experienced by
most airports across North America, as reported by Airports Council
"YQQ is experiencing a healthy rate of growth compared to other North
American airports that saw passenger numbers increasing by less than
one per cent in 2011," explained YQQ CEO Shirley de Silva. "This
increase surpasses our own passenger growth goals and helps to support
our message to airlines that the Comox Valley Airport is an excellent
place in which to do business."
With an average increase of 1,031 passengers per month, de Silva says
YQQ is in an excellent position for continued growth in 2012. She
attributes YQQ's robust passenger numbers to the airport's strategic
marketing efforts and the establishment of Air Transat and Nolitours
new direct route to Cancun, along with Flair Air's new charter to Fort
The airport's busiest month was August, which saw a total of 34,580
passengers - an increase of 992 passengers over the same month in
2010. The busy holiday travel month of December saw a total of 26,711
passengers or an increase of 1,978 passengers for the same time period
in the previous year.
"Our strategic plan lays out the direction for steady, sustainable
passenger growth until 2015, surpassing our pre-recession high," said
de Silva. "As we strategically market our current routes in 2012, we
will also continue our efforts to bring additional complementary air
service to YQQ."
The Comox Valley Airport Commission's strategic plan estimates an annual
passenger increase of three per cent, which could place YQQ's passenger
numbers as high as 344,125 by 2015.
For more information about YQQ's strategic direction visit: www.comoxairport.com under about us/reports.
SOURCE Comox Valley Airport
For further information:
Comox Valley Airport Commission
Phone: 250-890-0829 ext.253