Red Deer Airport announces new carrier

Red Deer Regional Airport’s CEO, R.J. Steenstra, recently spoke at City council about all the upgrades, changes, and new additions to the facility.

From new de-icing equipment, a new operations manager, two new tenants to the airport, ongoing terminal modifications to a brand new carrier, Steenstra said the airport is doing well.

“We are happy to announce that Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. has decided to serve the Red Deer market with flights to Kelowna, B.C. starting November 18th,” said Steenstra.

The announcement comes shortly after Swanberg Air discontinued service to Red Deer on Sept. 8th due to a change in business direction and weak passenger numbers.

“We are now working with Kelowna over the next little while to make sure we’re enhancing the services.”

Steenstra said the service will begin with two days a week, Friday and Sunday and may increase based on demand.

“We want to ensure that the airport experience we’re putting forward is what the community expects.”

Councillor Dianne Wyntjes said she is hoping to see some promotions for the new flights done by both the airport and the airline.

“We are working together to promote this. You will see this in print, on radios, or me out talking about it or Northwestern representatives out,” said Steenstra.

The airport will continue to receive ACAP funding as long as the minimum passenger requirements are met, and Transportation Canada has provided the airport with a grace period to bolster their numbers after the loss of Swanberg.

“Growth will happen very quickly with Northwestern. We continue to see flights used out of Red Deer and we have very strong numbers in aircraft movements.”

Revenue is up over last year, as are expenses, but Steenstra said that was largely due to the Apron 2 repairs and rehabilitation. Net earnings remain in the positive over last year.

Steenstra also spoke highly of the work, which included repaving with new asphalt.

The project was completed on time and on budget in September.

“The outcomes of this rehabilitation include suggesting to others that we are a place that is open for business and that the airport looks after its infrastructure.”

Steenstra said the work also leads to decreased maintenance costs and a safe operating area. He said the airport is also looking to the future and they are aware of the coming changes to the requirements surrounding runway end safety zones (RESA).

“This has already been dealt with in the United States and elsewhere in the world, so we know it’s coming to Canada.”

Runways of 1,200m or longer will be required to have a 300m RESA, or means of stopping aircraft that provides an equivalent level of safety.

The justification for this change comes from the recent accidents in Canada and worldwide that have brought attention to the issue.

The financial burden of this change would be in excess of $750,000 and the expected passing of the regulation is spring of 2012.

Councillor Tara Veer said the third quarter presentation was a nice change from previous presentations by the airport.

“So often in the past when we’ve had the airport report to us there’s been something to deal with or a request for funding, so it’s really nice to hear about the successes taking place.”

Just Posted

Blackfalds RCMP investigate break and enter at Fas Gas

RCMP search for suspect who cut through an outside wall to gain access

Operating Budget focuses significantly on community safety

Proposed 2% tax increase for operating budget, debate runs in January

UPDATE: Red Deer RCMP investigate non-suspicious death downtown

48 St. behind transit terminal was closed off earlier Wednesday

Team Canada dancer returns to Red Deer laden with medals

Red Deer dancer wins three silver medals and a bronze at World Championship

Local author releases brand new international thriller

Retired teacher Larry Stewart hosting a book launch this Saturday

Troubled Monk releases new spirit

Troubled Spirit vodka was introduced in early December

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

Most Read