Airport traffic in Lethbridge on the rise – Lethbridge

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It’s been just a few months since Lethbridge Airport added extra airline choices and Trevor Lewington with Financial Growth Lethbridge says extra choices are resulting in extra individuals flying.

“We’ve seen a rise of virtually 105 per cent — so greater than double the visitors of July and August of 2018 versus July and August 2017.”

WestJet Hyperlink launched on the finish of June to compete with Air Canada.

WestJet Hyperlink formally takes flight, connecting Lethbridge with main hubs

On the time of the launch, WestJet mentioned fares would drop in just some months.

“When the mud settles on this service within the subsequent few months, what might be confirmed out is that we are going to have lowered airfares between 30 and 50 per cent and we can have stimulated market journey by as a lot as 90 per cent,” WestJet spokesperson Robert Palmer mentioned in June.

Lewington mentioned the fee to fly to and from Lethbridge is down.

“We’ve actually seen fares drop, which is typical when there’s extra competitors,” he mentioned. “We’ve additionally seen passenger charges and capability utilization on each airways keep regular, so even the incumbent that was already out there — Air Canada — hasn’t seen a drop considerably of their visitors.

“However we actually have seen fares grow to be extra aggressive.”

International Information appeared on the price for the final flight out of Lethbridge on Friday night for WestJet. The flight departs at 9:10 p.m. and price $336.13.

Air Canada’s newest flight leaving Lethbridge on Friday departs at 7:45 p.m. and is available in at $336.

Lewington mentioned the airways are doing what they’ll to maintain travellers utilizing the airport and now the town must do what it may well to maintain travellers coming again.

“After we go to an airport, most of us like to have the ability to have a snack or maybe use a washroom previous the secured space,” he mentioned. “These are the sorts of issues we have to enhance the journey expertise on the airport, [to] make Lethbridge simply a neater, extra snug place to go away from.”

Lewington additionally mentioned if Lethbridge Airport sees extra travellers, that may equate to upgraded infrastructure.

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