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Red Deer Regional Airport Ready For Take-Off!

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By Sheldon Spackman

It just might be the most exciting news to land in The Red Deer Regional Airport in years!  The Red Deer Regional Airport has a longer runway and that will make a huge difference in the type of planes and airlines which can now land in Red Deer.

Airport CEO Graham Ingham says the recent completion of the Runway extension was the largest Capital Project ever undertaken at the airport and positions the facility well for future growth. He points out activity at YQF currently results in about $100 million dollars of economic spin-off in the region, making it a key part of the local economy.

After a slow start to 2017, Ingham says April was a strong month for them. There have been increases in Charter traffic to Fort St. John and Grande Prairie and an increase in Air Canada traffic as well. Adding that meetings with two potential ultra-low-cost carriers last November, could also lead to further growth going forward.

Ingham says they are also working on a Land Development Strategy to hopefully capitalize on the economic opportunities that provides them. He says that would be part of step 2 in their Strategic Business Plan. Step 1 being the recent Runway Extension, with a Terminal expansion, Apron expansion and Parking Lot expansion also part of that Strategic Business Plan.

An official Grand Opening of the Runway Extension at the Red Deer Regional Airport will take place on Friday, May 12th at 11:00 am.

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Construction underway at Red Deer Regional Airport Terminal

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Construction has begun at the Red Deer Regional Airport to convert the existing terminal into a full-service FBO (Fixed Based Operator), in partnership with Tucana Aviation.

The term FBO is given to an organization granted the right by an airport to provide a variety of ground support services, such as fueling, maintenance, catering, transportation/accommodation logistics, etc. In addition to their operational expertise and experience, they are also service orientated with an unwavering commitment to providing the best customer experience possible for both the passengers and flight crew, as they transient the airport.

Our partner in this endeavour, Tucana Aviation, is a well-established organization with a combined 30 years leadership experience in the aviation/oil and gas business. Their knowledge and experience, along with their unwavering commitment to safety/security as an existing tenant at the Red Deer Regional Airport, makes them an ideal partner. Tucana Aviation will be tasked with increasing the Charter and VIP traffic that utilizes the Red Deer Regional Airport, through various marketing and collaborative efforts with the Airport Authority.

Jim Freake, Operations Manager at Tucana Aviation states: “As the airports newest partner, we see huge potential for both oil and gas companies and private aircraft operators looking for VIP service while at the same time saving thousands in operating costs. We are truly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to helping grow the Red Deer Regional Airport”.

Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport states: “We are very excited to be partnering with Tucana Aviation, and for the opportunity to further grow the airport by leveraging their experience and relationships. Focusing on service and making sure our customers have a positive experience while at the airport is also extremely important to us, as we attempt to capitalize on an already thriving charter market currently running along the Edmonton – Calgary corridor”.

The development of the Red Deer Regional Airports FBO partnership with Tucana Aviation is a vital step towards growth at the airport, and a big part of their future strategic planning. This, in addition to the recent unveiling of their land development strategy, and continued pursuit of scheduled air service, will ensure the airport is capable of achieving its vision of becoming the “Aviation Gateway and Key Economic Driver for Central Alberta”.

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3 new members join board of Downtown Business Association

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Red Deer Downtown Business Association welcomes three new board members

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is proud to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors. The following individuals will join existing members Kerstin Heuer, Dulcie Timmons, Julie Oliver, Kathryn Harris, Vicki Finlay and Clayton Ganson.

  • Donna Hall – Academic Express
  • Madison Marcil – Rob Rae Clothiers
  • Deziree Bertin – Burgundy’s Food and Stage

    “We are proud to welcome 3 new board members from businesses and sectors that have not served before,” said Amanda Gould, Executive Director. “The 2020 Board will reflect entertainment, retail and professional – the perfect mix to ensure all areas of downtown receive the best possible representation at board level.”

    The DBA will also welcome Ken Johnston as The City of Red Deer Council Representative and Corporal Dwayne Hanusich of the Red Deer RCMP as a non-voting member.

    The DBA wishes to thank departing board member Diana Heinzlmeir for her involvement with the Board of Directors for the past three years.

    Board members will meet in January 2020 to select the executive for the year.

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