Chamber’s group targeting airport revitalization continues its work

Several accomplishments have resulted from targeted approach, say officials

Pictured are, from left, Clare Webb, owner of Scottsdale Aviation, which operates the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport, Shirley de Silva, CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, and Dan Byskal, the City's Assistant Solicitor/Risk Manager.

Improving and revitalizing the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport, which is owned by the City of Sarnia, is one of the chief priorities of a group organized by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

After hearing from the business community that flight cancellations were becoming a problem, the Chamber decided that something must be done. The airport is a community asset and an economic building block in need of a development strategy.

With that in mind, the Chamber called a meeting of representatives from the City of Sarnia, the operator of the airport (Scottsdale Aviation) and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton to see what could be done. Since that meeting, several key accomplishments have resulted:

  • The City of Sarnia announced it would develop a master plan to improve the airport facilities and its marketing strategy. The Chamber of Commerce was acknowledged as a lead partner in the initiative.
  • The City, with the Chamber’s support, conducted surveys and consultation sessions over the summer to seek input on the master plan.
  • The City hosted one of our most popular Business After 5 events of the year at the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport. The evening included a behind the scenes tour of the terminal, the opportunity to meet with an Air Canada representative, and a draw for $1,000 Air Canada travel voucher.
  • Air Canada announced it would replace its use of the 18-seat Beechcraft with 37-seat Bombardier Dash-8s.

The Chamber plans to review the airport management plan when it is presented to Sarnia City Council in the coming months.

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