Canada expects more than one million air travels in coming years

Published on : Monday, June 25, 2018

air travelsCanada’s two busiest air markets are now in bloom. The rise of discounted airlines creates the communication boom and helps to grow the travel over coming decade.

 

 

The airports in Hamilton, Ont., and Abbotsford, B.C., that have traditionally played second fiddle to Vancouver International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport, were buzzing last week as low-cost West-Jet offshoot Swoop launched service between the two, catering to the country’s most price-sensitive passengers.

 

 

Cathie Puckering, chief executive of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport has got an additional boost when Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced plans last week to enter Canada and offer direct service to Dublin next spring.

 

 

After an 80 per cent increase in passengers last year, the airport hopes renewed interest from airlines will help spur a return to its heyday in 2003 when it accommodated one million passengers.

 

 

Hamilton, which is also Canada’s top domestic cargo airport, flew nearly 600,000 passengers last year, well short of its capacity to handle more than three million people. Interest waned after WestJet moved its eastern Canadian base of operations to Toronto Pearson following Air Canada’s merger with Canadian Airlines and Globespan Airways ceased operations to Europe.

 

 

Established in 1940 as a military flight school, civil flights began in 1964 after military activities ended. Management of the airport changed several times before ownership was transferred in 1996 to the regional municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, which in turn contracted a private company to operate it for 40 years.

 

 

The airlines are attracted to Hamilton due to fees that are 30 to 50 per cent lower than Pearson’s. Its smaller size cuts the amount of time required for passengers to get to departure gates and allows planes to spend less time on the ground between flights.

 

 

Hamilton airport is not only a convenient alternative for people west of Toronto, it has a large catchment area of its own. More than two million people live within an hour’s drive, and there are nine million Canadians and Americans within two hours drive.

 

 

The air traffic increased 38 per cent between 2015 and 2017, reaching 677,000 passengers last year, he said. The airport expects to surpass one million in a year or two, and has the capacity to accommodate more than 2.5 million passengers annually.

 

 

 

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