Victoria International Airport traffic on the rise after 3-year decline

The departure area of the main terminal at Victoria International Airport. Photo © by Victoria Airport Authority.

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is in growth mode in 2012 after three consecutive years of declining passenger volumes.

Between January and June of this year the total number of travelers passing through YYJ’s gates outpaced the same period last year by 0.6%, or some 4,200 passengers, totaling 720,486 individuals.

Canada’s 9th busiest airport experienced a passenger slump between 2009 and 2011 with volumes falling by as much as 2.5% below 2008’s record 1.54-million travelers.

With six more months to go before the final verdict is in YYJ may yet end up in the red, although unlike previous years, 2012’s passenger volumes have skipped between positive and negative growth throughout the first six months of the year and the trend is likely to continue with positive growth by years-end.

However, the airport’s air cargo volume continues to decline with a 6.5% drop through June of this year over 2011. The air cargo business at YYJ has receded for several years in a row and shows no sign of abating. Aircraft movements also continue to decrease with a drop of nearly 4% so far this year as high fuel prices force many private pilots to forego pleasure flights. VV

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patrick venton

Nov 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

paying attention in the critical , takeoff and landing , is the only reason. you hit the nail square. Best analysis yet,Mike !


Nov 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

Quote: Alaska Airlines/Horizon will now allow all passengers on Horizon flights to use mobile devices from gate-to-gate.

I always wondered whether electronic devices/mobile devices caused issues for the flight crew or kept passengers from paying attention during critical moments of a flight.

I'm not sure there is much a passenger can do to save themselves or others if there is a problem at takeoff or landing, it's gonna kinda be luck or luck of your seat selection that might save ya from death.


Nov 15, 2013 at 11:41 am

Quote: When will those of us travelling from residences get a real alternative to a $60+ cab ride or $15 per day airport parking? In many other cities, there are door-to-door shuttles, or some kind of express public transit (bus or LRT).

The contract stipulates that shuttle buses may only pick up travellers from hotels; the airport has contract with taxi companies, too, residential pick-ups are reserved to them.

If you want to get a shuttle ride from a residence, the dispatcher will let you know that you may be picked up from a nearby hotel parking lot, or drive way. There are about 500 locations where shuttle bus picks up travellers....


Nov 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Welcome to vibrantvictoria 789.


Nov 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Why is 6 afraid of 7?

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