Tuesday, September 20, 2016

YPR launches new website, set to celebrate Terminal reopening this Saturday

It has been a summer of change at the Prince Rupert Airport, with the renovations to the Digby Island facility providing for a total makeover for the transportation gateway to the North Coast.

As August came to an end the long running re-development work finally came to a conclusion, the finished project offering travellers an expanded departure lounge  which now includes washroom facilities, something that was not available in the old lounge.

In addition to opening up space in the foyer of the airport, the new design has included the relocation of the baggage facilities, which now include a conveyor system similar to what is found in larger airports around the country.

The project which was first proposed back in 2013 and faced a few delays along the way towards completion. The project had become one of the main conversation topics for travellers over the last year as those arriving and departing YPR navigated their way around the construction site at the terminal complex.

To celebrate the completion of the terminal project, the City of Prince Rupert and YPR will be hosting a Community celebration this Saturday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM.

The afternoon events at the airport will include tours of the renovated terminal building a ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing, BBQ and events for the youngsters as well as 5 kilometre run around the Digby Island facility.

There will also be a draw to win 2 tickets courtesy of Air Canada to anywhere in North America that Air Canada flies.

Free Bus and Ferry transportation is being offered for the celebrations to bring the public to and from the airport for the event.

Structural changes aren't the only new development that travellers will find from the Prince Rupert Airport Authority however with the website for the facility also getting a renovation, relaunched with a modern new look providing a range of information for those that travel in and out of the city.

The new design which you can explore here, includes background for travellers that are using the airport as well as links to community services.

The statistics page notes provides an interesting review of passenger loads through YPR over the last decade ranging from a high of 63,428 passengers in 1997 to the most recent numbers listed which come from 2013 when 60,914 passengers used the YPR gateway.

The Prince Rupert Airport is currently served by one airline Air Canada which offers three flights a day to and from Vancouver, that schedule however could be adjusted in the fall when passenger loads tend to decline.

Efforts continue to try and attract other airlines to make Prince Rupert one of their destinations and to add to the travel options and passenger load levels that make use of YPR.

Flight arrival and departure information, as well as the ground transportation to and from the airport make for some of the features of the new redesign and can be accessed here.

More background on Air Transportation options across the Northwest can be found on our archive page here.

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