Abbotsford International Airport. File photo

Abbotsford International Airport. File photo

Abbotsford Airport passenger numbers spike in 2017

Increase of 27 per cent attributed to more flights

Abbotsford International Airport had its busiest year by far in 2017, with passenger counts up by 28 per cent.

A total of 677,653 passengers stopped at YXX throughout the year, according to the City of Abbotsford, which owns the airport. That’s up from about 530,000 passengers in 2016, which was itself a record year for the airport.

Airport General Manager Parm Sidhu said the increase was attributable to “increased capacity” and more daily flights, with Flair Airlines and WestJet the largest carriers and each providing daily flights.

Sidhu continued: “2018 should be another big year for us with more destinations and routes added.”

This year will also see the airport’s terminal expanded, with the addition of two more gates and a seating area that will double in size.

The project was originally pegged at around $5 million to $6 million. Money for the comes from the airport’s capital reserves, which grow as YXX makes a profit. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and finish by the end of October.