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Passengers grow as YXC presents to WestJetPosted: July 11, 2012

Cranbrook Airport Services Ltd., along with the City of Cranbrook, is pleased to announce that second quarter passenger numbers for the Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) have increased over second quarter 2011 passenger numbers.

This year’s second quarter passenger statistics show an increase of 1,156 passengers (five per cent) over 2011’s second quarter numbers. Year to date, the total passengers arriving and departing from YXC is 25,921. This is an increase of four per cent over 2011 passengers at this time last year.

On June 28, YXC participated in WestJet Regional Day, when 89 delegates from airports across the country converged on the WestJet Campus in Calgary to present their case for regional service with WestJet.

YXC managing director Tristen Chernove and Dave Butler, vice chair of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia presented to WestJet executives on behalf of YXC. The airport enlisted the help of community stakeholders to provide messages to the airline outlining why service to the region would be beneficial. WestJet has advised that their new regional airline is targeting a start date of June 2013, first new routes to be disclosed by early 2013.

On July 10-15, YXC will be the host airport for the International Cessna 180/185 Club Convention. The convention is an annual event held at a different airport each year. All members own a Cessna 180 or Cessna 185 aircraft. Over 1,400 members are affiliated with the club and hail from all over North America, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. The 2012 convention expects to see between 40-50 aircraft visiting the region with most registrants arriving from the United States. A number of events showcasing local attractions are planned.

YXC will be a stop for the B-17 Commemorative Air Force Tour August 20 to 24. Integra Air will be hosting the Arizona based aircraft and will be offering tours of the aircraft to the public. For more information, contact Integra Air at 1-877-213-8359.

YXC is also hosting the Summer Performing Artist Showcase at The Pickled Bean Café. Join us to enjoy musical stylings of local musicians and sample some of the excellent food and drink offered by our newest air terminal tenant, The Pickled Bean Café! Performances are each Thursday in July from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and every Friday in August from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Chernove has also taken on a more active role with the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia. Mr. Chernove sits on the Transportation and Access Policy Committee where the goal is to develop policy to enhance public access to province-wide tourism products using air, sea, rail and road modes of transportation.

Summer is shaping up to be an excellent time for travel from YXC as our partner airlines, Air Canada Express, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and Integra Air are all offering exceptional fares to the Western hub airports.

Cranbrook Airport Services Ltd. (a subsidiary of Vantage Airport Group) has managed and operated the Canadian Rockies International Airport under contract to the City of Cranbrook since 1997.

For more airport information, please contact: Tristen Chernove Airport Managing Director Canadian Rockies International Airport, 250-426-7913; [email protected] .

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