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Abbotsford's airport sees record number of passengers in 2016

Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 2:31 pm PST

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Local airport sees 8.7 per cent increase in passengers over 2015

More proof Canadians are choosing to fly out of the Lower Mainland, than Washington State

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – This week we told you Bellingham’s airport was seeing fewer Canadian passengers since the loonie hasn’t been near par with the greenback for a couple of years.

And now there is further proof people on the Lower Mainland are flying out of local airports.

Abbotsford International Airport says 2016 was a record-setting year.

“Final passenger statistics for 2016 total 530,643 persons, which is an increase of 42,810 persons or 8.78 per cent over 2015,” says the airport authority in a statement.

“Abbotsford International Airport has a vision to be recognized as a competitive regional gateway promoting high-quality economic growth and development,” adds Mayor Henry Braun.

“[The airport] is achieving that vision with this year’s record passenger volume. By seeing more people through the gates, the airport will continue to support the economic vitality of the local community and establish its role as a vital regional transportation network.”

LISTEN: Airport manager Parm Sidhu talks with Anchors Jim Bennie and Alison Bailey

The airport says it has undergone renovations and has added a new international customs building which it feels as helped contribute to the increased number of people walking through its doors.