Interim Proposal Offered to Operate Sarnia Airport

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Sarnia airport operator Chris Hadfield has made a proposal to the city.

In a letter to city council, Clare Webb of Scottsdale Aviation suggests continuing their contract for at least two years, or until it ends in June 2027, with the city paying the operating costs.

Mayor Mike Bradley said staff are recommending it be taken into account during budget deliberations on Dec. 1.

“I am of the opinion, until we come to a final decision on the future of the airport, which will now only take place in 2021, when the new economic development office will be created with a new economic development officer, that we need to make sure the airport continues to function for those who currently use it, ”Bradley said.

He said it could mean a grant.

“We received money from the federal government to help the city during the COVID crisis and my suggestion to council is that we should use some of that money to get the operators to keep operating until we can. make a final decision. I hope we will continue to keep the airport within the city family and find ways to operate it in a business that is also financially responsible.

Bradley said the board had a lot of “great” suggestions at their last meeting on how to keep the asset running.

Air Canada announced in March that it was withdrawing from Sarnia effective July 26.

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