Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation Carries Out Strategic Planning Session

During a recent strategy session held on October 21st 2017, the Board of Directors and Management Staff of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) received a presentation from one of Canada’s leading aviation economists Dr. Mike Tretheway on the current and near term future state of the aviation industry. Following the presentation a strategic planning exercise was carried out with input from the presentation provided. The planning areas covered were airlines and aircraft sizes, operational challenges and opportunities within the next five years, and non-airside development. The board was assisted by Jody Rebek DiCerbo, VIVE (Management Consulting and Events).

The strategy session took an opportunity to focus on some of the successes achieved since the last strategy session held in October 2016. These successes included the expansion of JD Aero and the relocation of Humphrey Aircraft Services to the airport. The previous year has seen stable passenger traffic with 211,711 passenger in the 12 months to September 30th 2017.

This past year has seen further capital investments into the safety and security and general upgrades of the airport of over $1 million. This brings the SSMADC investment into capital upgrades at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport since taking ownership on March 28, 1998 to a total of over $39,500,000.

The retreat provided an opportunity for the board to review these accomplishments and explore ways to further enhance the airport’s ability in meeting its challenges.


Sault Airport Sets Monthly Passenger Record

 August was the busiest month in the history of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

The airport’s development corporation recorded 20,055 passengers transiting through the terminal last month, a 2.4 per cent increase over the same time last year, according to a Sept. 8 news release. The previous all-time monthly record was set last October at 20,040.

It was the second month in a row this summer that a passenver record’s been set. In July, the airport saw a record-setting 18,695 passengers posted for that particular month.

The airport is served by Air Canada Express, Bearskin Airlines, and Porter Airlines.

The corporations said the past 12 months of operation have seen 212,690 passengers flow through the airport. Eight of the past 12 months have set records for that month in a year.

Sheehan Announces $960,300 for Sault Ste. Marie Airport

Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to traveling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local and regional airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced the government’s $960,300 investment to replace an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and associated equipment at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

“The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is a vital link for residents and businesses in this region. This project will help ensure continued safe airport operation for passengers, flight crews and employees, while contributing to the community’s economic and social well-being.” said,  – Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

“As we continue to expand our passenger levels and evolve our aircraft mix, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation is grateful to the Federal Government for the contribution of this critical safety equipment and meeting the needs of the travelling public and providing the utmost safety for our staff and travellers.” said,  Terry Bos, President and CEO, Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation

The funding comes through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program. Since the Program’s launch in 1995, the Government of Canada has provided more than $784 million for 900 projects at 182 airports across the country.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that safe and efficient airports are vital to the economic and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting personal travel and tourism, local and regional airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. Our investments help improve access to safe and efficient air transportation options, and deliver on our promise to help build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.” said, Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

15th Annual SSMADC Charity Golf Tournament

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The Staff and Board of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation proudly hosted the 16th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday August 18th at Crimson Ridge.  Proceeds from the 2017 tournament will support Community Living Algoma and Hope Air.

Dr. Roberta Bondar Parkway

Bondar Parkway

On June 30th, 2017, we honoured Dr. Roberta Bondar and the 25th anniversary of her historic space flight by naming the Airport entrance road Dr. Roberta Bondar Parkway!

Press Release: Bearskin Airlines Increases Service Between Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Sudbury

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On August 31, 2016, Bearskin Airlines announced that beginning September 19th, it will be offering ten additional weekly flights between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, and Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury!  We are looking forward to seeing more of Bearskin on our apron and are thrilled to be growing together.  Click here to read the full press release.

15th Annual SSMADC Charity Golf Tournament

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The Staff and Board of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation proudly hosted the 15 annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday August 19th at Crimson Ridge.  Proceeds from the 2016 tournament will support Community Living Algoma and Hope Air.

Algoma Aviation Week

Algoma Aviation Week was filled with visits from historic aircraft including a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25, a Harvard I trainer, and a Bell 47 helicopter (like the one from MASH).  On August 13th, there were displays from the Modelers and home-builders, the Airport Fire Fire Fighting Service, the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, food, and FREE flights for pre-registered children!  Click here for all the details.

NOHFC Announces $1.8 million in funding to the JD Aero hangar expansion!

Sault MPP David Orazietti was on site on April 27, 2016 to announce a $1.8 million contribution from NOHFC to our $5.8 million JD Aero expansion project! Click here to read the press release!


The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation and Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation are working on a joint initiative that will see further expansion of hangar facilities at the airport, with the goal of generating 25 high-end jobs. At Monday’s City Council meeting, the SSMADC received $250,000 from the Municipality’s Economic Development Fund. Expected to be leveraged with funding from senior levels of government, the investment will be used towards a $5.8-million airport expansion initiative.  Read the full press release here!

Congratulations Terry Bos

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Terry Bos, our President and CEO, was featured in the February 2016 edition of the Northern Ontario Business newspaper as one of five prominent leaders in Northern Ontario!  Click here to read the article.

200K Event

In 2002, 132,464 passengers were processed at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.  Now, just 12 years later, we processed over 200,000!  That’s growth.  That’s something to celebrate. With the help of the event’s partners, Air Canada, Bearskin Airlines, and Porter Airlines, we will have great prize for the passengers that push us over that threshold.

Thank you to all those who came out on Wednesday December 16, 2015 to celebrate this accomplishment, and to Air Canada, Porter, and Bearskin, as well as Algoma’s Water Tower Inn, The Quality Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn, and Century 21 for being our partners in making this event a huge success!

Dress For The Cause

On October 23rd 2015, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation staff put on our pink bras in support of Dress For The Cause and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada!  The full picture can be found in the Gallery or on Facebook.

AMCO 2015 Conference 

Representatives from the Sault Airport attended the annual Airport Management Council of Ontario (AMCO) Conference between October 4th and 7th 2015 in Toronto.  The AMCO conference gives airport managers the opportunity to meet vendors, network with each other, meet other industry professionals, and share best practices.  As part of the conference, we were invited to tour Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Airport, and Bombardier’s factory at Downsview airport!  Overall, it was a very successful week, and we look forward to next year’s conference in North Bay.

2015 SSMADC Charity Golf Tournament

The 2015 Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation Charity Golf Tournament was hosted at Crimson Ridge on August 21 this year.  We registered 38 teams, 18 hole sponsors, and 4 special competition sponsors!  As a team, we raised $16 000 for Community Living Algoma.  A special thank you goes out to all of the sponsors and volunteers- thank you for helping us support this amazing cause!


Check out our Facebook Album here for all the pictures.