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.