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    After some new growth in 2018, the Regina Airport Authority is working to offer more services and destinations for its passengers this year.

    The city’s Airport saw a 3.5 per cent decrease in passengers in 2017, but that turned around to a 1.5 per cent increase in 2018; about 19,000 more passengers used the hub in 2018 than the year prior.

    Airport Authority President and CEO James Bogusz credits a more stabilized economy and big events like the Memorial Cup, LPGA Tour and Canada’s largest academic conference at University of Regina for the growth.

    “The summer was exceptionally busy for us. We had a growth of over 7 per cent in a couple of the summer months, which really helped bolster those numbers,” said Bogusz.

    The airport authority will be using those numbers along with Saskatchewan’s population growth and unemployment rate to bring more flights into Regina.

    Bogusz said he’s been in serious talks with United Airlines, working hard to convince them to return and once again offer a direct flight to Denver.

    In 2014, United cancelled its direct route to Chicago, followed by its Denver flight in 2015. In 2016, Delta also pulled its daily flight to Minneapolis, leaving Regina with no regular direct flight to the U.S.

    “Regaining a year-round, non-stop service to a U.S. hub has been an absolute top priority,” he said.

    As Bogusz tries to reverse at least one of those cuts, he’s travelling to the Routes North America conference next week in Quebec City, which he described as speed dating with airlines. There are a number of meetings set up to introduce Regina to several airlines and tell them what they’re missing.

    The airport authority believes the current lack of competition to U.S. destinations makes it more attractive for United to return. While it would love to bring back Delta, Bogusz said Denver is the easiest location to fly to as a major hub from Regina.

    More food post-security


    The airport authority is also looking internally at how it can improve services at the terminal. A survey was done in the fall asking customers what they wanted to see.

    “One of the things we identified very quickly is a lack of (food) options, post-security,” said Bogusz.

    He admitted the airport isn’t meeting what its customers are asking for in terms of food options. It plans to reconfigure space on the second floor to create more room for food inside the security screening area.

    Doing that may change the way the security line is configured.

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    Exciting

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    • #3
      They’ve been saying this for over a year.

      As a guy who is in the US several times a year it’s frustrating to think that our fair city had flights to Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago just five or six years ago.

      Hopefully this does in fact happen. I’d prefer Chicago if we could only have one US direct but I’d be pleased with Denver as well.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bingo_Arms View Post
        They’ve been saying this for over a year.

        As a guy who is in the US several times a year it’s frustrating to think that our fair city had flights to Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago just five or six years ago.

        Hopefully this does in fact happen. I’d prefer Chicago if we could only have one US direct but I’d be pleased with Denver as well.
        I thought I was in heaven when we had direct flights to Minny, Chicago and Denver. Great connections to anywhere in the world. Phoenix and Vegas flights are nice but nothing like we had before. I would love to see a direct flight to NYC some day, even once a week. But that is just dreaming ....

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        • #5
          YQR desperately needs more routes. When I lived at home I was always connecting to Winnipeg or Calgary. Missed so many business meetings over the years due to delays and extra flights. Good that they're wanting to do something about it

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          • #6
            Originally posted by danno View Post

            I thought I was in heaven when we had direct flights to Minny, Chicago and Denver. Great connections to anywhere in the world. Phoenix and Vegas flights are nice but nothing like we had before. I would love to see a direct flight to NYC some day, even once a week. But that is just dreaming ....
            Yeah an NYC route is a dream, I’m afraid. Lol.

            I really liked the Chicago O’Hare route. They have so many connections out of there that you really have a short layover usually

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bingo_Arms View Post

              Yeah an NYC route is a dream, I’m afraid. Lol.

              I really liked the Chicago O’Hare route. They have so many connections out of there that you really have a short layover usually
              Can sure tell the difference between having options and having none.

              I will avoid O'Hare like the plague!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by go riders View Post

                Can sure tell the difference between having options and having none.

                I will avoid O'Hare like the plague!
                x100000

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by go riders View Post

                  Can sure tell the difference between having options and having none.

                  I will avoid O'Hare like the plague!
                  Really? I have never minded ORD. The United lounge is comfortable and they have a Garrett’s popcorn stand!

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                  • #10
                    I always found myself in the part that had I believe GHW Bush's Navy plane in it. I enjoyed gawking at it for a while as I waited for my flight. Food options though as I recall were pretty bad.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bingo_Arms View Post

                      Really? I have never minded ORD. The United lounge is comfortable and they have a Garrett’s popcorn stand!
                      It's always super crowded and it doesn't take much for delays to happen there (in-bound as well as out-bound).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by go riders View Post

                        It's always super crowded and it doesn't take much for delays to happen there (in-bound as well as out-bound).
                        Yup . Absolutely nothing special weather wise and our plane was detoured to Michigan.

                        i think it’s too crowded of an airport to do anything other than blue sky landings.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by go riders View Post

                          Can sure tell the difference between having options and having none.

                          I will avoid O'Hare like the plague!
                          Pearson, O'Hare and Heathrow are my airports to avoid.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tyree View Post

                            Pearson, O'Hare and Heathrow are my airports to avoid.
                            Pearson I don't mind, but O'hare good lord. The first time I flew in there I figured I had lots of time to pick up my connecting flight so was in no hurry. That place just goes on forever.

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