WINNIPEG – While many people are hitting the road for the long weekend, others are taking off through the skies.
Winnipeg Airports Authority President Barry Rempel says air travel really starts to ramp up this weekend.
“Summer is always our peak travel, particularly in August, and 2016 looks to be a record on top of that. It starts building up really right about now and continues all the way through Labour Day,” he said.
Rempel says unlike the winter, when people are looking for a hot spot destination, summer travelers are often looking for a reunion.
“It’s less about getting away and more about just having a good time in a great time of year with family and friends across the country… At this time of year, the domestic market is probably about 95 per cent,” he said.
Rempel says New Leaf entering the market has increased business this year.
While the discount carrier itself has only added about one per cent more seats to the market, it has prompted the other airlines to increase their offerings.
He says in August, the number of seats has gone up 11 per cent over last year.