Did You Know?

  • The Prince George Airport (YXS) is one of 26 airports in the National Airport System (NAS).
  • The 26 NAS airports serve 94% of all scheduled passenger and cargo traffic in Canada.
  • To qualify for the NAS, each airport must have annual traffic of more than 200,000 passengers, be safe, commercially oriented and cost effective.
  • The international call letters for the airport in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada are YXS.

Airports Generate Wealth…

Canadian airports are responsible for more than $30 billion annually in total economic activity. YXS generated $91.3 million in 2002.

Airports Generate Employment…

Airports in Canada generate 292,000 jobs. This includes 139,000 directly related to airports and another 153,000 indirectly created in local communities. This total translates into earnings of $8.1 billion. During the year 2002, Prince George Airport supported 665 person years of employment.

Airports Generate Taxes…

Canadian airports generate $4.5 billion in tax benefits including $250,000 generated by YXS. Air transport is a catalyst for technology and development in the region. Without a well-connected air transport system, industries would not be able to operate in Prince George or the surrounding area. Many industries depend on YXS to market and deliver goods, transport people and provide services to their customers. As a Capital Intensive (CI) industry the Airport relies on the relationship of people and technology every minute of every day. BC’s traditional resource industries are themselves rebuilding and evolving into CI industries, exporting their expertise and training to rebuild their competitive advantage.

YXS encompasses 800 hectares of land, has all the functions and physical infrastructure of any modern day city, shares governmental responsibilities with the community, and provides essential, if not indispensable, public services. The Airport has several tenants and concessionaires engaged in a wide array of aeronautical and general business enterprises, located on and generating revenues for the Airport. Annual operating budgets run into the millions of dollars, with capital projects accounting for millions more.

The terminal complex, general aviation facilities, airport support facilities (maintenance buildings and equipment), and aircraft operating areas (runways, taxiways and aprons) can easily be valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars for this modest-sized commercial airport. YXS is big business, impacting the social, economic, and political life of the entire region.

The Airport is actively encouraging business development and growth in Northern BC. With more than 300 commercial flights per week, the Airport is truly a Gateway for the North. In this role, the airport is able to draw upon new opportunities for the region that have not been available in the past. Jobs can be generated from Capital Intensive industries such as value-added manufacturing, finance, consulting and computer software development. The Airport is aggressively marketing itself as a location to do business throughout North America. The latest venture is the development of more than 300 hectares of Airport property for commercial and industrial use, including aviation and non-aviation enterprises.