Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Deer Lake Regional not the only airport doing well

DEER LAKE — The Deer Lake Regional Airport is not alone in its recent success. Facilities in Gander and St. John’s are also experiencing increased passenger numbers which airport representatives say is a sign the provincial economy is doing well.

Last week Deer Lake airport reported a total of almost 106,500 passengers in the months of July and August. The facility set a record for the month of August for passenger traffic and its year-to-date total was up a reported 7.6 per cent over the same time period last year.

The good news in aviation seems equally distributed across the province, in spite of a strike by airport workers in St. John’s. That city’s airport has seen a growth in passenger numbers by approximately seven per cent since January. Although the numbers are not available for August because of the strike, airport marketing manager Marie Manning said the summer numbers were looking very good, with that increase heading right into July.

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