RECORD SETTING YEAR AT OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
12 January 2011 :00am
When the numbers were tallied 4,473,894 passengers travelled through the Ottawa Airport, which was 5.7% more than in 2009. The numbers break down as follows:
Domestic: 3,303,170 Increase: 5.1 %
Transborder: 725,781 Increase: 6.3 %
International: 444,943 Increase: 9.0 %
“The significant increase points to the continued strength of the economy in Ottawa/Gatineau, as well as confidence in the local travel market as evidenced by our airline partners who continue to add additional capacity and offer new service to our community” said Paul Benoit, Airport Authority President and CEO.
“We are particularly pleased to see that the domestic and transborder traffic numbers have rebounded so positively and look forward to continued growth in 2011” added Raymond Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airport Authority.
This is the third consecutive year of significant growth in international traffic, demonstrating that this community supports new international services when they are added to the market.
New routes in 2010 included Air Canada to Regina, US Airways to Charlotte, WestJet to Las Vegas, in addition to increased capacity by several airlines including Delta, US Airways, Bearskin, WestJet and Porter.
OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region.