Strong domestic traffic drives Ottawa airport passenger volumes up in April

Photo by Jan Jasinski.

Passenger volumes continue to climb at the Ottawa airport in 2019 as domestic traffic surged in April.

The Ottawa International Airport Authority reported 421,607 people travelled through the local travel hub last month, an increase of six per cent compared to April last year.

Domestic passenger volumes saw the largest year-over-year spike, as roughly 14,000 additional travellers passed through YOW to or from Canadian destinations. U.S. traffic was up nearly 7,000 and international traffic up some 3,500 over the same period last year.

Year-to-date, just under 1.7 million people have travelled through the Ottawa airport in 2019. At this point in 2018, total passenger volumes stood at roughly 1.65 million.

The airport authority said earlier this month at its annual general meeting that YOW’s record passenger volumes of 5.1 million last year were driven largely by increases in transborder travel. Airport authority CEO Mark Laroche told OBJ after the meeting that he believes traffic across the U.S. border will be the biggest driver of passenger growth in the coming years.

Transborder traffic is up by roughly 8,000 travellers so far this year compared to the first four months of 2018.