August A Record-Setting Month at YSJ
What an exciting year we are having at the Saint John Airport. I am thrilled to say that as we closed our third quarter of 2017, we are setting up to have our BEST year ever. We’ve been working hard to attract more people to use YSJ, and the numbers show that what we are doing is working.
Last year 250,000 passengers flew through the Saint John Airport, but tickets purchased for travelers in our area (tracked using postal codes) were 509,000. This shows us that 52 per cent of travelers have been using airports other than YSJ. We acknowledge this and are working to make the Saint John Airport your airport.
We have undergone many enhancements to our services and we are already seeing positive results. We have increased our social media presence, marketing, airline partner network (most recently introducing a non-stop direct flight with Porter Airlines to Ottawa with follow-on service to Toronto Island Airport) and community outreach. And this August we witnessed the single greatest month in the airport’s history for passenger loads.
Looking forward to 2018, we estimate 300,000 travelers through the Saint John Airport, and to accommodate we are continuing to upgrade the airport, expanding the short-term parking area, enhancing Wi-Fi and have provided Hotspot Parking in the parking lot. We continue to work towards improvements and plans are underway to secure funding for a significant airfield modernization project including runway refurbishing and high-intensity LED lighting to name a few of the projects.
I want to thank our loyal customers as well as our incredible YSJ team who together helped ensure we excelled during our busiest time ever. We credit these incredible achievements to your hard work, a crucial element to our success story.