Record Summer of Air Traffic at Thunder Bay Airport

Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay International Airport

THUNDER BAY – AVIATION – Thunder Bay Airport has posted a record summer of passenger volume.  Over the summer months of June, July and August, 220,793 passengers flew in and out of Thunder Bay. The third busiest airport in Ontario continues to see increased traffic.

The 2016 volumes represent a 4% jump from the previous summer record set in 2014.

The growth is attributed to the addition of summer capacity by both Air Canada and WestJet for July and August, as well as a sharp increase in the use of Thunder Bay by US residents.

“The additional capacity resulted in lower air fares for the summer. These price reductions stimulated flying by residents on both sides of the border,” said Ed Schmidtke, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With additional fall capacity provided by Air Canada, Westjet, Porter, Bearskin and Wasaya Airways, we are optimistic that this growth trend will continue.”


TBIAA is the private, non-shareholder corporation responsible for the operation of the Thunder Bay International Airport. TBIAA receives no government funding for the operation of the Airport. Economic activity associated with the Airport is responsible for an estimated $.5 billion dollars in GDP annually and over 5000 direct and indirect jobs. Customers are encouraged to visit the Airport website at for more information including this winter’s sun flights.

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