Winnipeg Airport sees 4mil passengers for first since 2019

Aerial view of Winnipeg Richardson Airport
Photo Credit: Winnipeg Airports Authority

Winnipeg Airports Authority capped off a memorable year in 2023 with a passenger milestone not seen at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) since 2019.

A total of 4,094,793 people travelled through YWG in 2023, marking the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that the airport welcomed more than four million passengers in a single year.

Surpassing the Four Million Mark

Despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic, the airport witnessed a remarkable surge in passenger traffic, culminating in a milestone not seen since 2019.

In 2023, a total of 4,094,793 individuals traversed through the corridors of YWG, marking a pivotal moment in the airport’s post-pandemic recovery.

This milestone not only signifies a substantial increase compared to the preceding year but also now heralds a return to pre-pandemic levels, with the airport boasting 91.3% of its pre-Covid passenger numbers.

Reflecting on Achievements and Progress

Nick Hays, the president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA), expressed profound pride in the collective accomplishments of the airport’s dedicated team and partners.

“Looking back at our journey over the past 12 months and all that our dedicated team members were able to achieve alongside our esteemed partners, there is so much to be proud of,” Nick Hays.


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“From new routes to new airlines to more options for travellers, 2023 was truly an exciting year as it all equates to a more connected community, making Manitoba an even better place to call home.”

Festive Season and Cargo Sector Surge

The fourth quarter of 2023 witnessed a surge in passenger traffic, with 957,081 individuals embarking on journeys, particularly during the festive season.

Concurrently, YWG’s cargo sector experienced robust activity, with a 0.8% increase in gross takeoff weight compared to the previous year’s fourth quarter.

To meet the escalating demand for air cargo services and fortify community infrastructure, WAA unveiled plans for a cutting-edge Multi-Tenant Air Cargo Logistics Facility.

This lead project, supported by Transport Canada with a substantial $49 million investment, underscores WAA’s commitment to fostering economic growth and connectivity.

Resilience and Recovery Trajectory

Despite the formidable challenges posed by the pandemic, WAA’s financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2023 demonstrated resilience and progress.

Consolidated revenue surged by 11.1%, reaching $40.5 million, while net income witnessed a commendable $21.7 million year-over-year increase.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

In alignment with its commitment to fostering an inclusive environment, WAA introduced innovative sensory support kits during the fourth quarter of 2023.

These kits, available to travelers free of charge, contain items tailored to support neurodivergent individuals, fostering a more welcoming airport experience for all.

View across Winnipeg Richardson International Airport
Photo Credit: Winnipeg Airports Authority

Future Developments

The future looks promising for YWG, with exciting developments on the horizon. The announcement of Porter’s non-stop service between Winnipeg and Ottawa in spring 2024 underscores the airport’s growing prominence as a key transportation hub.

Moreover, the unveiling of a new YWG sign in the Arrivals Hall symbolizes the airport’s enduring commitment to welcoming travelers to the vibrant community of Winnipeg.

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