Passengers disembark from an Air Canada flight at the Northwest Regional Airport (XYT) in Terrace. In Jan. 2021, just over 7,000 passengers used the airport. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Passenger numbers drop again at Northwest Regional Airport

Just over 7,000 passengers used the airport in Jan. 2021

The new year has been slow to get off the ground at the Northwest Regional Airport.

In Jan. 2021, just over 7,000 passengers used the airport, compared to over 21,000 during January last year. Last month’s figure is a drop of nearly 2,000 passengers from December.

The Northwest Regional Airport services Terrace and Kitimat. Its statistics do not include passengers on chartered flights, so the actual number of people arriving and departing from the airport is actually higher. Charter passengers use a separate building for arrivals and departures.

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The airport continues to ask that people in the terminal building wear a mask. To ensure physical distancing, the airport has closed every second chair in the public seating area, security room and hold room. The eating area is at 40 per cent capacity and non-passengers are asked to stay outside the terminal building.

Common touch points are cleaned after each departure.

On Jan. 13, 2021, Air Canada announced that it was cancelling all flights to Prince Rupert effective Jan. 23 until further notice as part of its COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan.


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