WASCO celebrates first international contract

April 21, 2021

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – April 21, 2021 – Winnipeg Airport Services Corp. (WASCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Winnipeg Airports Authority, has landed its first consulting contract outside of Canada through an agreement with Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited.

Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited operates L.F. Wade International Airport, the only airport serving Bermuda. As a revered tourism destination and an island located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 650 miles off the coast of the U.S., Bermuda is heavily dependent on air transportation. After being sought out to submit a proposal in early 2021, WASCO entered into a partner-based agreement with Skyport to provide a review of L.F. Wade International Airport’s safety program, as well as to develop and implement targeted staff training. The delivery of these services, which are currently underway remotely, represent an exciting milestone for WASCO.

“This new shared partnership with Skyport marks our first step outside of Canada’s borders and is a great opportunity for our team to demonstrate our aviation expertise on the international stage,” said Michael O’Gorman, Managing Director of WASCO. “We’ve built a strong reputation in the Canadian aviation industry and it directly supported us in gaining this new contract in Bermuda. We hope to continue to expand into new regions, especially as more airports look for cost-effective solutions as they come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This year, WASCO is delivering an array of aviation services at 32 different airports spanning from coast-to- coast-to-coast in Canada. The Winnipeg-based subsidiary aims to help airport operators find innovative ways to meet best practices in the industry to efficiently serve their respective communities. WASCO’s partner- based approach involves working closely with each team to understand their needs and help add long-term value. At the same time, the subsidiary is familiar with serving airports in regions that rely on air access as a main mode of transportation, such as throughout Canada’s North, making them a strong fit to understand and benefit Bermuda’s airport environment.

“Skyport engaged WASCO at the beginning of Q1 2021 to provide support on improving our SMS Program,” said Chloé Minors, CRSP, Head of Safety at Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited. “The WASCO team facilitated an SMS Gap Analysis and Regulatory Program Review as well as developed a corrective action plan and an SMS training program, to be delivered in Q2 2021. Their knowledge and experience in safety program management was evident and their support during this process was invaluable. The Skyport team looks forward to working with them in the future as we continually improve our safety management system.”

Gaining a first international client is welcome news for WASCO and opens the door for future opportunities beyond Canada. Since 2014, the subsidiary has been steadily growing WAA’s impact and helping the company remain competitive to further lead transportation innovation and growth. This diversified business model has become increasingly critical in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact passenger travel. WASCO’s consulting expertise is not directly dependent on travel volumes but instead functions to create a safer, more efficient environment in the industry for long-term success based on tried and tested strategies.

At WASCO, our business is airports. Collectively, WASCO and our wholly owned subsidiaries, deliver innovative cost effective solutions to support Provincial, Territorial, Municipal and other Airport owners and operators throughout Canada. Our core services include Airport Operations, Airport Management, Facility Maintenance and Technical Solutions.