2016 was a year of growth and resilience at the Saskatoon Airport. While passenger demand was initially soft, eight consecutive months of growth yielded a year-end total of 1,452,349 passengers representing a 0.6 percent increase over 2015 and its second highest result ever.
As a community-driven and guest-focused business, the airport was re-branded as Skyxe in 2016 to strategically align and differentiate identity. The airport is extremely proud of Skyxe’s success in collaborating with all of our partners to deliver valued air service options, on time departures and a high level of service quality.
Air service is an important economic driver for the community producing 102 jobs annually for each daily flight in a 150 seat aircraft. Business and leisure sectors continued to be well connected in 2016 through resilient air service capacity evidencing our airline partners’ continued confidence in the community’s propensity to travel. The top 3 most popular destinations served by non-stop scheduled flights were Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton. The highly valued non-stop scheduled flights to Minneapolis continued to offer key year-round access to the United States and beyond.
Ensuring that guests depart on time (within 15 minutes of schedule) for their destination is an important focus for Skyxe. For a second consecutive year, the airport achieved the No. 1 ranking in Canada for On Time Performance in 2016.
Finally, the service quality experienced by guests is also a strategic priority and measured by our full participation in the Airports Council International-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program. Following our 2015 award for the ‘Most Improved Airport in North America’ (under 2M passengers), the airport is thrilled to report a ‘Best in Canada’ and ‘No. 3 in North America’ result for Overall ASQ in 2016.