Abbotsford International Airport sets new passenger record

Number of people passing through YXX rose nine per cent in 2016.

Abbotsford International Airport saw a record number of passengers last year.

Abbotsford International Airport saw a record number of passengers last year.

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) set a new high in passenger numbers last year.

Final passenger statistics for 2016 were announced Tuesday. A total of 530,643 passengers went through YXX in 2016, an increase of 42,810 persons or 8.78 per cent over 2015.

YXX has seen significant growth and development over the past several years, including major terminal renovations, the addition of an international customs building, and the ongoing development of strong relationships with existing and new tenants, businesses, and major airlines.

In addition to regular flights by WestJet, July saw NewLeaf Travel Company begin flying out of Abbotsford.

“Abbotsford International Airport has a vision to be recognized as a competitive regional gateway promoting high quality economic growth and development,” said Abbotsford Mayor Braun. “YXX is achieving that vision with this year’s record passenger volume. By seeing more people through the gates, the airport will continue to support the economic vitality of the local community and establish its role as a vital regional transportation network.”

“WestJet congratulates the entire Abbotsford International Airport on their banner success in 2016,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice President, Commercial. “Over the past two decades our airline has brought millions of guests in and out of Abbotsford, and we are continually impressed with the team’s collective commitment to service, efficiency and low-cost. We reference Abbotsford’s low cost and fees as a model to be emulated by other airports. WestJet looks forward to working with the team towards another banner year in 2017.”

“The success and growth of Abbotsford International Airport begins with the strategy to create and develop relationships with industry and community partners,” said Jim Young, President and CEO of NewLeaf Travel. “NewLeaf Travel Company is privileged to be among those partners as Abbotsford continues to be a high-performing destination for NewLeaf’s route network.”

For more information on the Abbotsford International Airport, please visit www.abbotsfordairport.ca.