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News Release - January 12, 2017

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Comox Valley Airport Reports 2016 Record Year

For yet another year, the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) has set a record for passenger growth. An increase of 5.1% was logged for 2016 as 368,733 people travelling through YQQ.

Airport traffic has experienced increases in passenger traffic year-over-year and is up 19% over the last 5 years. August was the busiest month of 2016 with 42,000 passengers during the peak summer season. The largest increase was reported in March with a 21% increase over the same month in 2015.

"Increased seat capacity along with some very competitive pricing from the airlines is making travel through YQQ attractive." states Fred Bigelow, CEO of YQQ. "In particular, we're seeing a huge increase in the number of area residents starting their journeys to the United States from YQQ. Strategically, we have the nation's two largest airlines providing service to three major Canadian hubs," continues Bigelow. "The options are endless with this ability to tap into their comprehensive global networks."

YQQ Air Service and Destinations:

  • Air Canada daily service to Vancouver
  • WestJet daily service to Calgary and Edmonton; weekly service to Puerto Vallarta
  • Pacific Coastal Airlines - daily service to Vancouver , (south terminal), and Campbell River
  • Central Mountain Air- daily service to Vancouver
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Contact Information:

Maxine Montgomery
Comox Valley Airport
mmontgomery@comoxairport.com
250-890-0829 ext 253
About the Comox Valley Airport:

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is an economic driver for Northern Vancouver Island, supporting about 193 direct jobs including airlines, airport management, security, food and beverage, retail and ground transportation. The airport and tourism business community together generate $367 million in Gross Domestic Product and $701 million in direct economic output for the community. YQQ is operated by the Comox Valley Airport Commission, which was established in 1996 as a non-share capital and not-for-profit organization to operate the civil aviation facilities, including the terminal and apron at YQQ. The airfield and its associated systems, including air traffic control, are operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force at 19 Wing Comox on a continuous 24-hour basis.

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