Charlottetown Airport sees record passenger numbers in 2023

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

The Charlottetown Airport Authority released 2023 passenger numbers today, which show a record year of air travel at YYG Charlottetown Airport, surpassing the 400,000-mark for the first time ever.

Over the past 12 months, 402,686 passengers travelled through the airport, which also now supports the operations of more airlines that ever before.

YYG 2023 in Review

The recently released passenger numbers paint an optimistic picture for the airport, with 2023 showing a firm 18% increase over the previous year and a noteworthy 5% surge compared to the previous record set in 2019.

Charlottetown Airport Authority proudly announced that over the past 12 months, a staggering 402,686 passengers traversed through YYG.

This marks a historic moment, as the airport surpasses the 400,000-mark for the first time ever. The calendar year figures also depict a thriving air travel community that has found its home at YYG.

Portfolio of Airlines

One of the driving forces behind YYG’s success is the unprecedented collaboration with airline partners. The airport witnessed an increase in the number of airlines, solidifying its status as a bustling aviation hub.


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Charlottetown Airport now boasts a record five airlines operating to seven destinations, providing travelers with a diverse array of options for their journeys.

Porter: Connecting to Ottawa

A significant milestone in 2023 was the welcoming of a new airline partner, Porter Airlines.

This addition brought non-stop service to Ottawa on a year-round basis, enhancing connectivity and convenience for passengers choosing YYG as their preferred airport.

Photo Credit: Charlottetown Airport

Air Canada: Winter Surge

YYG experienced a boost in off-season seat capacity as Air Canada operated Rouge aircraft for the first time in winter months.

This strategic move contributed to the overall success of the airport, catering to the evolving needs of travelers throughout the year.

Infrastructure: The Dock Unveiled

As part of a multi-year air terminal building expansion project, YYG celebrated the completion of the first phase with the introduction of “The Dock.”

This outdoor boarding lounge not only adds a touch of modernity but also enhances the overall passenger experience, making travel through YYG more enjoyable.

Indigenous Welcome Piece

In collaboration with L’nuey, Charlottetown Airport unveiled a new Indigenous welcome piece in the arrivals area.

This initiative reflects a commitment to cultural inclusivity, acknowledging and celebrating the rich diversity of the community YYG serves.

Carbon Accreditation and Electric Evolution

Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, YYG achieved Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Additionally, the installation of ten ChargePoint Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in the short-term parking lot further showcases the airport’s dedication to reducing its environmental footprint.

Optimism in 2024

Looking ahead, the Airport Authority is rightly brimming with optimism for the future. Recent announcements from Lynx Air and Flair indicate promising developments, with new routes and increased capacities on the horizon.

Lynx Air’s three-times-weekly service to Toronto/Calgary and Flair’s expanded routes signify continued growth and success for YYG in 2024.

All in all, the airport looks to be entering 2024 with a positive outlook and momentum, making it an interesting one to watch for the coming year.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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