Ottawa airport traffic approaches record monthly highs in March

YOW airport
Photo by Jan Jasinski.

The Ottawa International Airport took no breaks in March as the local travel hub saw some 462,959 travellers pass through its gates last month, nearly 16,000 more than in the same period last year.

The Ottawa airport saw traffic rise across the board in March, as domestic, transborder and international passenger volumes all increased year-over-year and month-to-month. International traffic accounted for the biggest bump from 2018, with nearly 9,000 additional travellers passing through the airport compared with the same period a year ago.

March was by far the local airport’s busiest month of 2019 to this point, with January and February both checking in at slightly more than 400,000 passengers. March 2019 was also the second-largest month by passenger volume since 2013, which is the beginning of the Ottawa International Airport Authority’s publicly available data. Only August 2018, when some 480,898 travellers passed through the airport, surpassed last month.

YOW’s record highs might soon come back to earth after United Airlines announced last month it will temporarily suspend service from Ottawa to Chicago’s O’Hare airport, one of the United States’ busiest travel hubs. A United Airlines spokesperson told OBJ the suspension of flights is related to the airline’s fleet availability in the busy summer season.

YOW-ORD service is expected to return in March 2020.