Charlottetown Airport reports record summer passenger numbers

Passengers board an aircraft at Charlottetown Airport .
Photo Credit: Charlottetown Airport

The Charlottetown Airport Authority has announced a historic milestone as passenger numbers soared to unprecedented heights this summer.

YYG Record Passenger Numbers

From June to September, Charlottetown Airport (YYG) recorded a notable 220,489 passengers passing through its terminal building.

This metric represents a 7.2 percent increase compared to the same period in the previous year and an impressive 11.2 percent increase over 2019.

Year-to-date traffic numbers are currently 19.5 percent ahead of 2022, and it is projected that the final figures for 2023 will surpass the record-breaking year of 2019.

Airlines and Routes Expansion

One of the driving factors behind this substantial growth is the unwavering commitment of the airport’s airline partners.

During this summer, an unprecedented five airlines operated flights to seven different airports from YYG, offering passengers a wider range of choices and destinations.


This expansion not only caters to the diverse travel needs of passengers but also strengthens the airport’s position as a regional travel hub.

Enhanced Facilities

The Charlottetown Airport Authority has consistently invested in enhancing the overall passenger experience.

Recent upgrades to the terminal facilities, including new signage and wayfinding, the expansion of the outdoor boarding lounge known as “The Dock,” and improved amenities, have all contributed to increased passenger satisfaction and choice.

New Indigenous Welcome

In a significant and culturally enriching development, the Charlottetown Airport Authority, in partnership with L’nuey, Prince Edward Island’s Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, unveiled a new Indigenous welcome piece in the arrivals area of YYG Charlottetown Airport.

This thoughtfully crafted artwork, commissioned by PEI Mi’kmaq artist Koady Sock and the Made in Mi’kma’ki team, adds a touch of cultural significance to the airport’s environment, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere to all visitors.

Environmental Responsibility

YYG remains committed to sustainability initiatives and recently achieved Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation for the first time.

This accomplishment reflects the airport’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint per passenger. The implementation of various eco-friendly initiatives is a testament to YYG’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

CEO Statement

Doug Newson, CEO of Charlottetown Airport Authority, was upbeat at this key achievement, emphasizing the confidence passengers have in YYG as a reliable and welcoming gateway to Prince Edward Island. He credited the entire team, along with the airline partners, for their tireless efforts in ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience for all passengers.

The airport authority extended its sincere appreciation to passengers, airline partners, and the dedicated airport staff for their invaluable contributions to this record-breaking accomplishment.

As YYG Charlottetown Airport continues to adapt and innovate, it remains committed to delivering an exceptional Island experience in a convenient, modern, and sustainable airport for all passengers to enjoy.

Winter Prospects

As the airlines near the end of their summer flight schedule season, the airport authority is eager to share exciting details about what’s in store this winter at YYG.

This upcoming winter season will witness an increase in seat capacity over last year, with Air Canada operating larger aircraft.

Furthermore, Charlottetown is set to welcome Porter Airlines for the first time ever during a winter season, offering passengers even more travel options. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:

  • 2x daily flights to Toronto (Air Canada Rouge)
  • 1x daily flight to Montreal (Air Canada Rouge)
  • 1x daily flight to Ottawa (Porter Airlines)

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