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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many airports across the province and the country, but the North Peace Regional Airport seems to be adapting well.

According to Mike Karsseboom, Managing Director of North Peace Regional Airport, airport passenger traffic for 2020 was down around 55 per cent, while other airports within Canada seen passenger traffic drop down 85 to 95 per cent. In 2019, the airport saw passenger traffic of over 278,000, while in 2020, it was over 114,000.

Karsseboom says that the airport has been relatively fortunate; they’ve seen fewer reductions than most airports, which he says is mostly due to the resource sector and the Site C dam project. He mentions that a lot of passenger traffic at the airport has been related to camp and job site traffic and workers flying in and out.

When the pandemic began, Karsseboom mentions that the passenger traffic numbers were almost non-existent, but numbers seemed to increase around August when there were roughly 11,000. He also said December was a tougher month for traffic, but no numbers have been calculated yet, while January and February are generally the slower months for the airport.

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