‘Do not see this impacting the relationship’: Lethbridge officials not concerned by CTA review of Flair Airlines

From CTV News 🔗link to source story

A Flair Airlines plane arrives at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (Dan Lauckner / CTV News Kitchener)A Flair Airlines plane arrives at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (Dan Lauckner / CTV News Kitchener)

Sean Marks, CTV News Lethbridge Video Journalist • April 4, 2022

Flair Airlines recently announced it will begin flying out of Lethbridge later this year but the ultra low-cost carrier has hit some turbulence due to a federal review that could keep it grounded.

“They’ve bumped into a very significant issue here,” said Rick Erickson, an aviation analyst out of Calgary.

“The Canadian Transportation Agency has said they may not be controlled by Canadians.”

For an air carrier to operate with a domestic license in Canada, it must be owned by a Canadian entity.

The airline is based in Edmonton, but the Canadian Transportation Agency is looking at whether a Miami based company, 777 Partners, is actually the airline’s owner.

The CTA issued its review of Flair on March 3 and a issued statement.

“The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) continually monitors licenced air carrier’s compliance with the Canadian ownership requirement. In situations when the CTA identifies concerns about the Canadian status of an air carrier, the CTA typically issues a preliminary determination in which it provides the carrier a time period for it to respond to those concerns,” it read.

“In this instance, on March 3, the CTA issued its preliminary determination on whether Flair is Canadian. The CTA has provided Flair with the opportunity to respond, no later than 60 calendar days from the date of issuance. The Panel assigned to the case will determine what the next steps will be, based on Flair’s response. If the CTA determines at the end of the process that Flair is not Canadian, Flair’s licences would be suspended.

“At the end of the review process, the CTA will issue a final public determination with reasons and its conclusions, which will be posted on its website.”

Erickson says this has the potential to be the end of Flair.

“Unquestionably, the CTA does have the ability to take their operating certificate away, you cannot fly in Canada,” he told CTV News.

The City of Lethbridge was thrilled last week to announce Flair would be flying to Tucson, Ariz. in December, marking the first international flights out of Lethbridge in 30 years.

However, the city says they aren’t worried about the federal investigation.

“We understand that a review is underway and that Flair Airlines is working closely with the Canadian Transportation Agency to resolve any concerns,” says Lisa Trent, director of commercial, corporate and customer services for the City of Lethbridge.

“We do not see this impacting the relationship we’ve established with Flair and are excited by the potential to grow our partnership by expanding services at the Lethbridge Airport in the future.”

The move was part of the city’s Airport Incentive Framework, which saw $2.6 million invested into the Lethbridge Airport.

Erickson says the city would have done its part to ensure losses are covered if Flair loses its licence.

“I’m sure Lethbridge, being the sharp operators that they’ve show in the past, I bet there’d be some conditions on that and, obviously, the airline being viable and still flying may well have been one of them,” he said.

In response to the report, Flair Airlines also issued a statement to CTV News on behalf of president and CEO, Stephen Jones.

“Flair Airlines is a Canadian airline and is controlled by Canadians both in law and in fact. Flair Airlines, at all times, operates its business in compliance with the laws and regulations governing air transportation in Canada,” it read.

“Flair Airlines will fully cooperate with the Canadian Transportation Agency review and will respond to the Canadian Transportation Agency in a timely manner. Flair is here for the long term and is committed to finally bring sustainable, affordable airfares to the people of Lethbridge. Customers can absolutely book with confidence, and we look forward to welcoming them aboard this summer.”

Flair has until the start of May to respond to the CTA’s preliminary report.

Flair Airlines Establishes Winter Base in Tucson Arizona, Bringing Non-stop Sun at Affordable Prices to Underserved Canadian Markets

  • Flair Airlines, Visit Tucson, and Tucson International Airport announce long-term partnership to connect more Canadians to Arizona
  • Service to Tucson begins in November and December from five Canadian airports, including Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Prince George, and Windsor
  • The Tucson winter base furthers Flair’s mission of providing affordable leisure travel to Canadians
  • To celebrate its first week of sales, one-way fares on Flair flights to Tucson, including taxes and fees, begin at $99

Edmonton, Alberta, March 29, 2022 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, is excited to announce a long-term partnership with Tucson, Arizona to connect underserved Canadian communities with affordable, non-stop, winter flights to sunshine and warmth. As the first step in the partnership, Flair will overnight an aircraft in Tucson next winter and today is opening sales for five new routes: Edmonton International Airport, Fort McMurray International Airport, Lethbridge Airport, Prince George Airport, and Windsor International Airport to Tucson International Airport.

“Basing winter operations in Tucson, Arizona offers an exciting new option for Canadians. We know that Canadians in communities across the country will be keen to soak up the winter sun in Tucson. With consistent service for years to come, we think this is the beginning of an excellent yearly tradition for Canadians,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “For too long, many communities in Canada have been without service to warm weather destinations. Flair is looking forward to stimulating new demand with our everyday low fares.”

Tucson, Arizona

“We are excited about the many benefits to our community through this relationship with Flair,” said Danette Bewley, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority. “Not only have we found a way to achieve a long-time goal of adding nonstop flights to and from Canada, TUS will be the only Arizona – or U.S., for that matter – destination from four of those airports. We look forward to welcoming and introducing Canadians to our beautiful region.” Bewley added, “In addition to new air service, there is tremendous added economic potential for Southern Arizonans and Canadians to develop new connections and relationships.”

Edmonton, Alberta

“Flair’s continued growth and success is a great story for aviation and for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Adding another non-stop sunny destination and a US winter base in Tuscon is a great complement to Flair’s headquarters at Edmonton International Airport,” said Myron Keehn, Vice President, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport. “Congratulations on your continued growth and we look forward to the service starting later this year.”

Fort McMurray, Alberta

“This announcement is one we’re extremely excited about, and are confident the community will be too,” said RJ Steenstra, President & CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority. “We’re pleased to welcome back Flair Airlines to YMM and will continue exploring new destination opportunities as we work to rebuild route capacity.”

Lethbridge, Alberta

“The City of Lethbridge has been proactively investing in our Airport to position us for an opportunity just like this and we are thrilled to welcome Flair Airlines to our community,” said Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen. “We’ve heard from our residents that they want a sun destination from the Lethbridge Airport and Arizona was one of the top places they want to visit. I’m excited for this new partnership and I’m certain this will be a hot ticket for all southern Albertans.”

Prince George, British Columbia

“We are very excited to see this air service option for both Canadian and American travelers” says Prince George Airport Authority’s President and CEO Gordon Duke. “Tucson offers a warm getaway for Canadians during the winter and also provides an opportunity for Americans to experience ‘Bucket List’ winter activities here in and around Prince George. We are looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Flair and connecting the world to our region.”

Windsor, Ontario

“We are excited to welcome Flair Airlines to YQG – Windsor International Airport,” said Mark Galvin, CEO, Windsor Airport “and are thrilled to add a direct flight from Windsor to the Sun Corridor of the United States.”

All flights to Tucson are non-stop and offer a quick and easy way to explore Arizona. There is no shortage of national parks, such as Saguaro National Park, and natural attractions to explore around Tucson, as well as vibrant nightlife and trendy restaurants.

To celebrate its first week of sales, one-way fares on Flair flights to Tucson, including taxes and fees, begin at $99 from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Prince George, and Windsor. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at flyflair.com. Flair looks forward to further connecting communities in Canada with non-stop service to exciting leisure destinations.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

New Winter Routes

  • Tucson (TUS) – Edmonton (YEG): 2x weekly, effective November 30, 2022 – March 24, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Fort McMurray (YMM): 2x weekly, effective November 30, 2022 – March 22, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Lethbridge (YQL): 1x weekly, effective December 1, 2022 – March 23, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Prince George (YXS): 1x weekly, effective December 2, 2022 – March 24, 2023
  • Tucson (TUS) – Windsor (YQG): 1x weekly, effective December 1, 2022 – March 23, 2023

WestJet accelerates Alberta’s recovery with 2022 summer schedule

Alberta set to lead Canada’s travel and tourism rebound as airline restores network to pre-pandemic levels

WestJet investing in Alberta’s connection to global and business economies with non-stop routes to London Heathrow, Gatwick, Rome, Paris and Dublin

CALGARY, AB, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today released its 2022 summer schedule, announcing the full restoration of the airline’s service levels across Alberta to pre-pandemic levels. WestJet’s summer schedule from Alberta will see 180 daily departures from Calgary and Edmonton to 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations during peak travel months.

“The restoration of our network marks a major milestone in WestJet and Alberta’s recovery as we rebuild our network and strengthen critical connections to global hubs and business economies,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet. “After two years of unprecedented challenges, we’re proud that Alberta will lead the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism industry. As Alberta’s homegrown airline, we continue to make investments to better serve our guests and look forward to offering more options for visitors to experience the vibrancy of what Alberta has to offer.”

Enhancing Alberta’s global travel and tourism pipeline

After a two-year delay, WestJet is set to launch its long-awaited service to Rome, Italy on May 7, 2022. The airline will also introduce new non-stop service to London Heathrow beginning on March 26, 2022.

WestJet’s investments in transatlantic flying from Calgary International Airport will see the airline increase the critical tourism pipeline between Alberta and Europe by 43 per cent when compared to 2019, supported by new routes and increased non-stop options to London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin.

“This is welcome news for travellers and for the entire travel industry as WestJet leads the way on economic recovery,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “Travellers can count on YYC Calgary International Airport to scale up operations alongside WestJet to ensure travellers have safe, efficient access to destinations in Alberta and overseas.”

RoutePeak FrequencyStart Date
Calgary – London Heathrow4x weeklyMarch 26, 2022
Calgary – London Gatwick5x weeklyMay 1, 2022
Calgary – Paris5x weeklyMay 1, 2022
Calgary – Rome3x weeklyMay 7, 2022
Calgary – Dublin3x weeklyMay 8, 2022

Investing in regional and domestic air travel

This summer, Albertans will benefit from enhanced connectivity throughout the region and across Canada. At its peak, WestJet will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94 per cent of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures network wide. Domestic highlights of WestJet’s summer schedule feature an 88 per cent increase in regional connectivity province wide. WestJet provides more than half of all seats across Alberta and together as the WestJet Group, WestJet and Swoop give Albertans more options, to more destinations than any other airline.

WestJet’s Alberta service:

  • Calgary: 142 daily departures, 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations
  • Edmonton: 38 daily departures, 15 domestic and two transborder destinations
  • Grande Prairie: multiple daily flights to Calgary and Edmonton
  • Fort McMurray: multiple daily flights to Calgary and Edmonton
  • Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat: multiple daily flights to Calgary

Enhancing transborder connectivity

As part of its summer schedule, WestJet will launch previously delayed non-stop service between Calgary and Boston on June 30, 2022. The airline will also reintroduce and enhance service to 16 popular transborder business and leisure destinations.

RoutePeak FrequencyStart Date
Calgary – Nashville 3x weeklyMarch 17, 2022
Calgary – Denver2x weeklyMay 22, 2022
Calgary – Boston3x weeklyJune 30, 2022
Calgary – New York (JFK)4x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Portland2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Orlando3x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Phoenix2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Los Angeles2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – San Diego4x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Palm Springs5x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – San Francisco2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Orange County3x weeklyAlready in service
Calgary – Las Vegas3x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Atlanta1x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Houston2x dailyAlready in service
Calgary – Seattle2x dailyAlready in service
Edmonton – Los Angeles4x weeklyAlready in service
Edmonton – Las Vegas4x weeklyAlready in service

To discover all the direct flights across WestJet’s network, visit WestJet.com.

About the WestJet Group of Companies 
In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes: 
– 2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
– 2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
– 2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
– 2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada) 

Renovations unveiled at Lethbridge Airport with hope for future growth

From CBC News – link to source story

Airport used to serve as principal hub for airline service in Western Canada

Joel Dryden · CBC News · December 07, 2021

The improvements to Lethbridge’s airport will be revealed to the public in early 2022. The renovations include the installation of various amenities in the airport building as well as upgrades to the airfield and pavement. (Joel Dryden/CBC)

Boarding a flight at the Lethbridge Airport used to be a somewhat taxing experience. 

For example, the tightly packed security area had no washrooms, meaning one would need to leave the area and then re-enter should nature call.

New renovations in the security area have solved that problem.

The upgrades also include the addition of a water bottle refill station, more seating and other modern conveniences common at major airports.

Upgrades to the airport include replacing the old, aged seating with modern furniture that includes charging stations for phones and laptops. (Joel Dryden/CBC)

It’s all part of a larger renovation of the airport, which was unveiled to media on Tuesday. The grand opening of the newly renovated airport is scheduled for late January 2022.

“It’s super exciting,” said Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen. “I’ve been out here numerous times flying out of Lethbridge, and to be able to see the changes, are extraordinary.”

The city initially invested $2.6 million into the airport and was able to secure an additional $23 million in provincial and grant funding. 

The hold room at the airport has been expanded, meaning more passengers will be able to board additional airlines, and larger aircraft will be able to be housed.

A new baggage carousel is also part of the facelift. The airfield and pavement have also been updated, which the city hopes will eventually attract more airlines and aircraft to Lethbridge.

“This has been huge,” said Cameron Prince, airport operations manager. “I’m excited to see where we’re going, and see the investment in the airport going forward.”

The Lethbridge Airport facelift is mostly complete and will be unveiled to the public in January. (Joel Dryden/CBC)

WestJet is the only airline providing service at the Lethbridge airport. Air Canada stopped providing service as of April 1, 2020, amid the airline industry being hard hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the pandemic, the airport had about 40 flights per week from Lethbridge to Calgary. Now it’s around 11 per week. 

A former hub in Western Canada

Though it functions today mostly to provide airline service to and from Calgary, Lethbridge’s airport officially opened in 1939 as the principal hub for Western Canada.

“If you were going from Vancouver to Calgary, you had to fly from Vancouver to Lethbridge, change planes and fly north to Calgary,” said Ian MacLachlan, professor emeritus at the University of Lethbridge in the department of geography and environment. 

“So we were a real airline hub at a time when air traffic was a much, much smaller volume than it is today.”

Two unidentified men stand in front of a sign in this historic photo of the Lethbridge Airport. (Submitted by the Galt Museum and Archives)

At that time, navigation was not nearly as sophisticated as it is now. For that reason, airlines had to follow a chain of airports that spanned the country, MacLachlan explained — and in Western Canada, that chain of airports essentially hugged the border with the United States.

“They followed the southernmost CPR line all the way across, and it was a lot easier to get across the Rockies at the Crowsnest Pass than it was to go way up north to Calgary and go further north through the Kicking Horse pass,” he said.

On the British Columbia side of the line, there were multiple good candidates for emergency airports, which was important given the less reliable airports at the time.

“And the weather was a little bit better through the southern route,” MacLachlan said. 

“So, that’s where the Trans-Canada Air Lines followed. So Lethbridge was the hub of Western Canada from 1939 until, really, the North Star — which was a pressurized aircraft, far more advanced than the old Lockheed Electra — took over.”

This photo, taken in February 1969, shows a collection of buildings at the Lethbridge Airport. (Submitted by the Galt Museum and Archives)

Ownership of the Lethbridge Airport was transferred from Lethbridge County to the City of Lethbridge in 2018, a move that city officials cited as being integral to the airport competing at an international level.

Today, the city said it hopes that the new renovations will increase passenger traffic and raise funds, suggesting that the fully developed lands at the airport could provide $10 million annually in lease revenue and an additional $10 million in tax revenue.

Rik Barry is chairman of the Time Air Historical Society, a group that aims to preserve aviation history in southern Alberta.

He said these renovations are important, allowing for a much better interaction between the travelling public and the airport itself.

“Hopefully, that will bring an impetus to having more service into Lethbridge,” he said. “It would be great to again see direct service out to the coast, which was lost about 30 years ago.”

WestJet flights between Dawson Creek and Calgary take off

Air service returns to Dawson Creek as WestJet Link connects city to WestJet’s global hub

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 8, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet launched its newest route with the departure of WestJet Link flight 3027 connecting Calgary and Dawson Creek, B.C. The inaugural marks a new link for the regions’ business, travel and tourism markets as WestJet becomes the only carrier to provide nonstop service between the Peace River Region and its largest hub in Calgary, where the airline is the largest carrier, offering the most seats and flights.

“Our guests in both Calgary and the Peace River Region have been patiently awaiting this important milestone and we are thrilled to bring air service to the community,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “As we continue to build back our network, Dawson Creek will benefit from lower fares and connectivity across our network as we strive to reconnect Canadians for business and leisure.”

Upon flight 3027’s arrival in Dawson Creek, the inaugural service was celebrated by Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead alongside Chris Hedlin, WestJet’s Vice-President of Network Planning and key regional business leaders.

“The City of Dawson Creek is so pleased to welcome WestJet into our city and the entire South Peace region of Northeast BC. This new direct service to Calgary is so important to the economic development of our city,” said Dale Bumstead, Mayor, Dawson Creek. “The Energy, Forestry and Mining sectors are all very important to our region and this new service will be a welcome addition for industry while also providing our residents with nonstop air service to WestJet’s global hub in Calgary for their leisure and business travel.”

The new service and new route for WestJet operates four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  WestJet Link flights are operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft.

With the addition of Calgary-Dawson Creek service, WestJet Link now operates five routes between Calgary and Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster and Medicine Hat and three between Vancouver and Cranbrook, Nanaimo and Comox.

Details of WestJet’s service between Calgary and Dawson Creek:

RouteFrequencyStart DateDepartureArrival
Calgary – Dawson Creek4x weeklySeptember 8, 20213:30 p.m4:37 p.m
Dawson Creek – Calgary4x weeklySeptember 8, 20215:15 p.m8:13 p.m

Additional quotes

“With many development projects happening across western Canada, the addition of WestJet’s Calgary to Dawson Creek, B.C. route is an important connection that supports economic development, benefiting both provinces,” said Chris Miles, Vice President, Operations & Infrastructure for The Calgary Airport Authority. “This route also provides guests in Northern B.C. direct access to Alberta and destinations across the country with YYC’s extensive connecting flight network.”

“We are very excited to be a part of the new air service to Dawson Creek,” says Pacific Coastal Airlines President, Quentin Smith. “We are pleased to see WestJet Link grow and look forward to our continued partnership and linking communities to the WestJet network.”

About WestJet 
In 25 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All promise. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com

Seven regional airports across the Prairies receiving more than $4 million to maintain regional connectivity and jobs

Targeted Government of Canada support will be provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada

WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 4, 2021 /CNW/ – Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting communities and local businesses from coast to coast to coast.

Prairie regional airports get an economic boost (CNW Group/Western Economic Diversification Canada)
Prairie regional airports get an economic boost (CNW Group/Western Economic Diversification Canada)

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, fosters access to air transportation and supports regional ecosystems. In particular, it enables regional air carriers and airports to remain operational in these difficult times and to continue contributing to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

Prairie airports to benefit from funding

With this in mind, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced up to $4,012,480 in RATI funding for seven regional airports in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This funding will enable these airports to overcome challenges that were brought on by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regional air transportation is key to the economic development of communities and businesses across Canada. Since it helps draw Canadians to rural and remote communities to work and raise their families, while also providing reliable connectivity with urban centres, it plays a crucial role in a just, inclusive recovery for all, throughout the country.


 “It is important to protect our regional air transportation ecosystems for the thousands of workers employed by this sector and for the many businesses and communities that depend on it. We know that air connectivity to all regions is essential to healthy, inclusive economic growth, and supporting it is part of our plan to build back a stronger, more resilient economy.”

–       The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“Regional airports and infrastructure are important to residents and businesses across the Prairies. They play a critical role for the economy as people depend on them for both personal and business travel and to access services in larger centres. This funding will go a long way to getting these assets back on their feet as Canada begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and we reopen our economy.”

–       Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada Water Agency)

“We are excited to welcome news of support for regional connectivity. Remote communities such as ours depend on air connectivity to bolster economic activity and growth of entire sectors and industries. Reliable air connectivity not only supports thousands of jobs, but also ensures the viability of our airport which is critical to the sustainability of our community.”

–       RJ Steenstra, President & CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority

 “The Town of La Ronge is very appreciative for the $300,000 investment from the federal government in the La Ronge airport. The investment will not only help a critical asset in our region economy recover from COVID, it will help improve the competitiveness of our airport and speed up the recovery timelines. On behalf of Council, we are very thankful for the investment.”

–       Colin Ratushniak, Mayor of the Town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan

“As a small community, connectivity is vital for both for our economy and our residents. As the operator of a regional airport, we appreciate any help we can get as it lessens the burdens on us and our taxpayers and allows us to remain connected.”

–       Herb Jaques, Mayor of The Town of The Pas, Manitoba

Projects being funded:

City of LethbridgeLethbridge, ABup to $583,480
City of Medicine HatMedicine Hat, ABup to $549,840
Fort McMurray Airport AuthorityFort McMurray, ABup to $1,596,160
Town of High LevelHigh Level, ABup to $348,000
City of Prince AlbertPrince Albert, SKup to $300,000
Town of La RongeLa Ronge, SKup to $300,000
Town of The PasThe Pas, MBup to $335,000
                                                           Total Fundingup to $4,012,480

Quick facts

  • RATI, administered by the regional development agencies (RDAs), has a national budget of $206 million.
  • The Initiative supports regional air ecosystems—which include regional air carriers and airports, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations—in developing and implementing enhanced services for improved regional connectivity.
  • RATI complements measures implemented by Transport Canada.

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