Cranbrook’s Canadian Rockies International Airport is continuing to see healthy and sustainable growth.
This from General Manager Tristen Chernove who is very optimistic with what lies ahead for YXC.
He says ridership is up and prices have never been lower across Canada.
Since 2009, there’s been a 2.3 per cent decline in fares every year.
However, Chernove says moving forward one of his top priorities is expanding air services out of the airport.
He wants to land a route to Calgary with the airline WestJet.
Chernove suggests important to be part of all national networks to create a seamless destination for travelers from around the world.
He adds for local residents, they also want competition for outbound routes because competition leads to increased ridership and lower fares which stimulates the market.
He says that’s good for the carriers and therefor good for the airport.
Currently, Pacific Coastal and Air Canada are the only airlines flying out of the Cranbrook facility.
Approximately $130,700 passengers from 56 different countries have passed through YXC so far this year.
The six visiting countries remain the same: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Japan and Mexico.
Chernove says something else they’ll be keeping on their radar is a shift to higher capacity aircraft across Canada.
He explains airlines are retiring older planes and replacing them with larger vehicles that hold 76 seats.
According to Chernove, facilities like YXC are used to aircraft with closer to 19 seats.
He says this will push airports like Cranbrook’s to increase ridership to sustain service.
– Canadian Rockies International Airport General Manager Tristen Chernove