YQQ Continues Steady Growth into Second Quarter

VANCOUVER, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) announced today that it served 81,188 passengers in the second quarter of 2012, the equivalent of 597 Boeing 737 planes.

This new data shows an increase of nine per cent or 6,676 passengers over the same quarter in 2011.

Growth was heaviest in the month of June which achieved a 17 per cent increase or 4,451 passengers more over the same month in 2011.

YQQ Monthly Passenger Breakdown

First Quarter

  2009 2010 2011 2012
January 19,921 21,681 21,930 25,322
February 19,817 19,788 20,715 22,884
March 21,965 24,633 24,466 26,222

Second Quarter

  2009 2010 2011 2012
April 21,762 22,732 23,991 26,103
May 23,473 23,678 24,800 24,913
June 25,037 23,798 25,721 30,172

The airport's strategic plan calls for an annual increase of three per cent, which could place YQQ's annual passenger numbers as high as 344,125 by 2015.  Data for the first half of 2012 puts YQQ well on its way of accomplishing that goal, with the first quarter achieving 11 per cent in growth followed by nine per cent in the second quarter.

"We are progressing well and achieving the steady, sustainable growth laid out in our strategic plan," said Fred Bigelow, CEO of the Comox Valley Airport.  "We are optimistic about our future growth as we continue to focus our efforts on securing additional air service at YQQ."

For more information about the Comox Valley Airport and its strategic direction visit: www.comoxairport.com.

SOURCE Comox Valley Airport

For further information:

Media Contact:

Christianne Wile
Manager, Marketing and Public Communications
Comox Valley Airport Commission
250-890-0829 ext. 253

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