The Edmonton International Airport saw a more than 100 per cent increase in passengers in 2022 compared to the previous year, the airport announced in a year-in-review Thursday.
YEG served 5.85 million passengers last year, a 109 per cent increase over 2021 and supported 97,496 total aircraft movements, a 38 per cent increase over 2021.
“2022 was a year of learning, a year of firsts and a showcase of the perseverance of our region. YEG evolved in many ways and pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a global leader in the aviation industry,” said Myron Keehn, the new president and CEO of the Edmonton International Airport in a news release.
“I am excited to be in this new role helping lead this incredible organization; we look forward to 2023 and continuing to elevate our region’s economic prosperity through aviation and commercial development at Edmonton Airports.”
The airport also experienced another year of growth for cargo, rendering 52,000 tonnes of cargo moved, a 7.2 per cent increase over 2021. YEG also completed a 47,000-square-metre cargo apron expansion last year, in partnership with the federal government, which will increase cargo capacity by accommodating more planes at once for loading and unloading.
In May, YEG also began a regularly scheduled drone delivery operation in controlled airspace, making it Canada’s first airport to integrate drone logistics into daily operations. Last year, there were more than 300 commercial drone flights from the airport to the Pat Wilson Memorial Park in Leduc County.
The airport also offered more than 50 non-stop destinations, while also gaining four brand-new destinations: Moncton (YQM), Charlottetown (YYG), Nashville (BNA), and Tucson (TUS). YEG also welcomed Lynx Air to its network of airline partners.