Quebec City airport welcomed 1,615,750 passengers in 2016, up 2.7% over the previous year.
The latest traffic statistics were unveiled Thursday at the annual public meeting of Aeroport de Quebec inc. (AQi), the non-profit corporation that manages airport facilities.
Management has emphasized the 8.1% growth in the number of passengers on domestic flights. International traffic, however, fell by 2.2% and that to the United States by 16%. President and CEO Gaetan Gagne attributed the decline to the reorganization of US carriers, the exchange rate and work at the intersection of the main and secondary runways last spring. He told the Sun that this performance is the best of all Canadian airports without a US preclearance center.
Mr. Gagne took advantage of the forum to remind him of the importance for the capital of such an infrastructure, which was the subject of a Canada-US agreement in March 2016.
The Grand Boss admitted that, with the delays encountered in passing the laws allowing the establishment of new pre-clearance centers, that of Quebec City could not be opened in 2018 as hoped. He does not dare advance a new timetable. “We’ve been waiting for 40 years after the project, so it’s not a few months longer that disturb us,” he tempers.
What is certain is that the main track 06-24 at Jean-Lesage International Airport will be renovated this summer and that the terminal expansion will be completed by the end of the year.
While air carriers are challenging the Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) bill charged to passengers – $ 35 for each ticket departing from Quebec City on March 1 – the President of AQi is very satisfied with his relationship with Its trading partners. He even concluded that the carriers were committed to the projects proposed by the airport as they agreed to collect the recent $ 2 increase.
If the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) is calling for an audit to see how the money has been invested in recent years, the airport’s big boss says “the reports have been properly transmitted.” He quickly closed the subject on Thursday, not wishing to “extend his files in the public square”.
In 2016, the airport raised $ 22.6 million in FAA, $ 2.1 million more than in 2015, for total revenues of $ 58.9 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased to $ 24.5 million. A profit of $ 8.8 million was released and will have to be reinvested.