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2 Millionth Passenger Milestone Achieved

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Celebrations are in full swing at the Nanaimo Airport this week, as the team welcomed the one millionth passenger as a part of the Million and Beyond campaign. The “Gaining Altitude – A Million and Beyond” campaign is the next step in the airport’s managed growth strategy that saw completion of a two-phase expansion plan between 2006 and 2011. During that time 913,000 passengers travelled through YCD’s terminals and the airport reached its goal of one million passengers’ mid-day today.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the entire team that provides services at the Nanaimo Airport,” says Nanaimo Airport President & CEO Mike Hooper.  “Although the Airport Commission operates the airport, it’s the individual service providers such as Air Canada Express and the security team at G4S who manage the passenger experience on a day to day basis.”

Passenger Jack Rumney from Nanaimo was identified this afternoon from passengers travelling on flight AC 8264.  He received a leather weekend bag, a bottle of champagne and is now qualified in the Thanks A Million Contest – where he will have a chance at winning $1 million if his five digit code opens the safe.

Each passenger travelling today on flight AC 8263 and AC 8264 also received a Millionth Passenger Gift Pack – which included a travel journal, a liquids travel set and a reusable storage pouch for ear buds. Celebrations continue all week with the volunteer ambassadors serving refreshments and laminating luggage tags in the terminal.

Along with a larger terminal, more parking and faster passenger screening and baggage handling, Nanaimo Airport’s 2011 completion of the airport expansion plan also extended its runways to accommodate commercial jet landings, and added high intensity runway lights, lead-in lights and a new instrument landing system (ILS) to significantly improve all-weather
reliability.

With a new 2,400-foot taxi-way and the 1,600-foot runway extension, the airport is able to handle Q400 and jet landings such as the 737-700 series and the A319, along with the Dash 8-300 and Dash 8-100 aircraft that currently land at YCD. 

Hooper points out, “A thriving airport will not only give our residents more travel options, but will have significant impact on the whole region.”   Studies show that airports are strong contributors to a community’s growth. In 2012, YCD supported (directly and indirectly) an estimated 700 full time jobs and, through its activities, generated approximately $54 million to the regional economy in total gross revenues. 

More recently, studies show the airport’s yearly contribution to the regional economy is expected to increase to $121 million by 2026.

Media Contacts: Mike Hooper, President & CEO Nanaimo Airport  Cell: 250-716-6625 Office: 250- 245-4191 mhooper@nanaimoairport.com www.nanaimoairport.com