The Kamloops Airport is reporting a massive drop in activity over the second quarter of the year when compared to 2019.
Fewer than 2,500 people passed through the gates from April 1 to June 30; in fact, just 493 people went through in April as the airlines and country were rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only a handful more went through in May, with 593 passengers.
June saw somewhat of a rebound, with 1,407 passengers.
However, those numbers are far behind the normal. April and May 2020 were both more than 98 per cent behind the same months in 2019, though last year was a record breaking year. June was more than 95 per cent behind the same month in 2019; together the three months were 97.01 per cent behind the same quarter in 2019.
The effects of the pandemic were felt by the aviation industry in the first quarter, but not to this extent.
“As expected, passenger numbers in Q2 reflect the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the airline, aviation and tourism industries in Kamloops,” states airport administration in a press release. “Passenger numbers are slowly starting to recover domestically with the increased services of WestJet and reintroduction of service by Air Canada and Central Mountain Air.”
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