More expansions sought for bustling Red Deer Airport

Tower, terminal and parking lot must grow to accommodate more passenger service

Things are looking up for the busy Red Deer Airport, which seeks to expand its control tower and terminal to start offering ultra-low-cost passenger service.

“It’s looking very, very positive. We’re cautiously optimistic,” said CEO Graham Ingham.

He told Red Deer city council earlier this week that takeoffs and landings at the site near Springbrook have grown by 75 per cent in 2017.

This is mostly due to the Montair Aviation flight school, but Ingham noted oilfield-related charter flights to Fort St. John, B.C., and Grande Prairie have also significantly picked up in 2017 after a slow 2015 and 2016.

He believes this bodes well for Central Alberta’s economic recovery.

In 2018, two new ultra-low-cost passenger carriers — Canada Jetlines, of Vancouver, and Enerjet, of Calgary – are expecting to get final approvals from federal transportation authorities. Ingham said both carriers are interested in flying out of Red Deer.

In fact, Canada Jetlines already put the Red Deer to Abbotsford, B.C., route on its 2019-2020 schedule.

To accommodate the additional airline service (currently only Air Canada offers scheduled regional passenger service from the airport), Red Deer Airport will need a $5 million expansion of some of its facilities.

This includes the terminal building, parking lot and apron. The airport’s runway expansion was already completed, with its official opening held earlier this year.

Ingham said officials from NAV Canada, which provides air-traffic control, have already said Red Deer airport warrants a larger tower, because of the high volume of aircraft movements. But no timeline was provided.

If Canadian Jetlines affirms it wants to operate from the local airport, Ingham will approach the city and county of Red Deer for funding contributions for the terminal and parking lot expansion.

He will also see what federal and provincial grants are available.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Red Deer Airport

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting

Police are searching for two suspects

Ponoka RCMP lay charges following home invasion

33-year-old man who arrived on bicycle is in custody

Piece of Red Deer history up for sale

Willson House was built in 1911 and has been completely restored

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

P.E.I. reports three new COVID-19 cases, including one seniors’ residence employee

CHARLOTETOWN, P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island reported new COVID-19 cases for the… Continue reading

Even pandemic can’t spoil July

July. Finally. It’s seems like the last three weird months have taken… Continue reading

‘You have to show up:’ NDP MP questions virtual attendance of Alberta Tories

NDP MP McPherson says she’s disappointed Tory MPs haven’t been participating in virtual meetings

Flood warning, mandatory evacuation for people in remote Alberta hamlet

A flood warning has been issued for the rain-swollen Smoky River near the Hamlet of Watino

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, Amnesty, sex worker advocates say

‘We need to make sure the existing laws on the books aren’t enforced’

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $25 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $25 million jackpot… Continue reading

At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation’s divisions

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. — At the foot of Mount Rushmore… Continue reading

Most Read