Thunder Bay International Airport Off to Best Start Ever

Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay International Airport
North Star Air
Northstar Air has added a new larger plane to its fleet. So has Wasaya and Bearskin Air

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – If the skies over the city of Thunder Bay seem busier, that is not your imagination. Thunder Bay Airport passenger volumes are off to their fastest start ever. In the first six months of 2017 over 404,000 passengers travelled through the airport. This record level of year to date activity exceeds last year’s volumes by 5.6%.

“Seat capacity added to airline schedules has generated very competitive pricing” remarked Ed Schmidtke, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority. “Where last year saw additional capacity added to Toronto and Winnipeg, this summer has seen capacity added on northern routes.” Currently, three companies (Bearskin, Northstar Air and Wasaya Airways) have added capacity by operating aircraft with over 30 seats.


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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