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Sault Ste. Marie Airport Corporation is receiving more than $2.15M from federal government to maintain regional connectivity and jobs

Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting communities and local businesses from coast to coast to coast.

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, supports access to air transportation and regional ecosystems. In particular, it enables the continuation of existing air routes and ensures airports remain operational and able to contribute to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced more than $2.15 million in financial support for the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC). This non-repayable contribution will help mitigate the financial pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the operations of the Sault Ste. Marie airport for a one-year period. The project is expected to help maintain 13 local jobs.

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Government of Canada announces easing of border measures for fully vaccinated travellers

The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada by taking a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening our borders. Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, the Government of Canada is able to move forward with adjusted border measures.

On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. This preliminary step allows for the Government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures ahead of September 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans.

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Airport experts in Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie both say they're seeing more passengers, additional flights

Air traffic in and out of the Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie airports is starting to pick up with more passengers on planes, but their Chief Executive Officers say they’re not out of the woods just yet.

The aviation industry took a big hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-essential travel was non-existent over the 16 months, and many airports struggled.

Now that restrictions are lifting, and more people are fully vaccinated, things are looking up for those who work in aviation.

 

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June airport passenger traffic up slightly over May

“The trend in passenger levels is certainly encouraging and the aircraft arrivals later in the month certainly seemed fuller,” said Terry Bos, Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) president and CEO, in a news release issued today.

 

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More Porter! More places!
Fly with us throughout North America in our new planes

The Porter flying refined service that you already love is extending – to dozens of popular destinations throughout North America. We’re excited that up to 80 brand new state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient Embraer E195-E2 aircraft will be added to our fleet to take you to these new destinations.

 

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Sault Based Air Service Begins Operations!

Shaire Inc. today announces the start of commercial air charter operations across Ontario, Canada, and beyond, with the option to “Shaire” flights with other passengers.

Shaire Inc., based in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, is an air charter service, providing ride-sharing options, customized executive and personal air travel services to clients for regional and short trans-border flights.

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It’s official! ✈️ Porter Airlines is returning to the skies on September 8th. Service to the Sault Ste. Marie Airport will return on October 6th with two daily flights to Toronto!

We are officially returning to the skies on Sept. 8. So it’s your opportunity to get on a flight to visit the people you love.

Nearly 18 months have passed since we suspended flights due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions. Our team members are looking forward to seeing you again, and the communities we serve.

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Sault Ste. Marie Airport, yesterday and today (15 photos)

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport has served as a highly important link from the community to other parts of Ontario – mainly to Toronto, and from there, to all of Canada, the U.S. and the rest of the world – for nearly 60 years.

 

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Government of Canada's first phase to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada

The Government of Canada is taking a responsible, precautionary approach at the border by continually monitoring available data and scientific evidence to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Today, the Government of Canada is announcing the details of the first phase of its approach to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada. These cautious adjustments are now possible because of the successes of the vaccine roll out in Canada and Canadians following public health measures.

Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

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Our flights will now restart July 20

Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until July 20 due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

 

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Sault Airport gets $9M for upgrades
Infrastructure renewal will begin in June and be completed by September.

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport will receive a little more than $9 million to bring the runway, taxiways and drainage system up to modern day standards, making it one of the largest projects in the airport’s history.

The funding will be added to the airport’s contribution of $4.8 million to begin construction next month with a target completion date of September, said Terry Bos, President and CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp.

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‘Biggest project in Sault airport’s history’ will modernize runways, continue medical flights

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) is celebrating federal government funding for what Terry Bos, the airport’s president and CEO, hailed as “the biggest project in the history of the airport.”

Sault MP Terry Sheehan announced over $9 million in funding from Transport Canada’s Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) via Zoom Thursday for infrastructure improvements and an equipment purchase for the airport.

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Disabled MNRF water bomber blocks runway at Sault Airport

Crews are working to remove a water bomber from the runway at Sault Ste. Marie Airport after the aircraft reportedly made a successful landing without landing gear Sunday afternoon.

Sault Ste. Marie Airport President and CEO Terry Bos tells SooToday the incident involving a CL 415 water bomber belonging to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

A statement from the MNRF Communications and Media Relations Specialist too Soo Online, Isabelle Chenard says they are investigating.

“This afternoon, one of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s CL415 waterbombing aircraft made a hard landing at the Sault Ste Marie International Airport. The aircraft had been performing a routine test flight. There were no injuries to flight crew onboard, which included a pilot and co-pilot,” said Chenard.

“A team from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services is currently on scene to remove the aircraft from the runway. Our Aviation Services Section will be working with the Transportation Safety Board on this investigation.”

No injuries have been reported.

 

NAV CANADA confirmed today that it will maintain air traffic control service to Canadian communities, including Fort McMurray AB, Prince George BC, Regina SK, Saint-Jean QC, Sault Ste. Marie ON, Whitehorse YT and Windsor ON.

Last fall, NAV CANADA launched 29 aeronautical studies in an effort to safely streamline its operations, ensuring that air navigation services align with market demand. After considerable consultation with airlines, airports, industry associations, local officials and internal stakeholders, NAV CANADA has elected to limit changes to services across the country.

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CANADA: Air Canada, Ottawa agree to aid package worth up to $5.9 billion

The package, which gives Canada a six-per-cent stake in the country’s biggest airline, also requires the Montreal-based company to maintain employment at levels no lower than those at April 1.

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Porter Airlines reschedules tentative return to service date to June 21, 2021

Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until June 21 due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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Bill's passage could save Sault Airport control tower

Windsor West MP Brian Masse, a New Democrat, introduced a private members bill Tuesday which would provide the Transport Minister with the power to remove airports from NAV Canada studies to reduce or eliminate air traffic control services.

NAV Canada (which owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation system) announced, in Nov. 2020, the launch of a study considering the removal of control towers at seven airports across Canada, including the control tower at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

“This legislative change will allow the Transport Minister to take practical and decisive action to remove…airports from the NAV Canada study,” Masse stated in a news release.

“When NAV Canada announced this study the Transport Minister stated he could not act to protect airports because of the law. With this legal change he will be able to save not only the airport in Windsor but airports across the country,” Masse wrote.

Terry Bos, Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) president and CEO, described the bill as “certainly interesting” in an email to SooToday.

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Sault College aviation program expands fleet with an advanced new aircraft

Orazietti said student pilots need the guidance of a fully staffed air traffic control tower. Terry Bos, CEO of the Sault Ste Marie Airport, agrees.

“We’re going to need a tower in order to be able to have them all flying at once,” Bos said. “And I’m sure the college wants to fly as much as we want to see them fly, and the more traffic there is here, the better it is.”

Bos said the expansion of Sault College’s Aviation Program strengthens the case for keeping the Sault’s air traffic control tower staffed.

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Air traffic still down in the Sault due to pandemic

As we approach the one year mark since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, air travel continues to be impacted by travel restrictions related to the virus.

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport continues to report a downward trend in air passenger traffic. A press release issued by the development corporation today states air passenger traffic dropped 93 per cent from last February.

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Sault Airport’s control tower needed as college rebuilds aviation program

In spite of past and current challenges, Sault College’s aviation program is expanding and preparing for better days beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.

A new concern for the college is the possible closure of seven airport control towers across Canada – including the control tower at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport – by Ottawa-based Nav Canada (which owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation system) as the company cuts jobs in the country’s COVID-ravaged aviation industry.

“We’ve presented twice to Nav Canada why this is not a good idea, given Sault College’s flight program, and we sent some more information to them today, so we’re trying to make a strong argument that that tower needs to stay right where it is,” said Ron Common, Sault College president, speaking to SooToday in a telephone interview after the college’s monthly board of governors meeting Thursday.

If the control tower at the Sault Airport is shut down, pilots would receive air traffic information from other sources but would still be mainly on their own during takeoff or landing.

Common said “our students, in order to get control zone experience, would have to fly over to other cities that have control zones, and that’s not optimal that they would do that.”

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Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until May 19 due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights. We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.

Porter is preparing to introduce enhanced health and safety measures for its return to service. Details of these initiatives will be announced closer to when flights restart, so that plans are as closely aligned with the latest public health recommendations as possible.

To provide flexibility and give travellers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel, Porter is waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked between today and May 19. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages.

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Sault airport surviving on reserves

Airport president and CEO says a Nav Canada scale back at the airport might make things a bit more difficult but won’t negatively impact air traffic.

As reported earlier by SooToday, Nav Canada is considering scaling back its presence at the airport, said Terry Bos, Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation’s president and CEO.

“Having a tower allows you to have more movements than if we only had an advisory service, so it is important for the amount of movements that we have, especially for the Sault College training movements. But it doesn’t affect the actual airport itself. The airport is separate from Nav Canada so the airport can still stay open and function.”

Nav Canada provides aeronautical services throughout Canada.

“Here in Sault Ste Marie we have what’s called a control tower, which means the people up in our tower control the aircraft in our zone and they tell them where to go, when to go and when to land,” Bos said, “If you don’t have a control tower you use an advisory service, which is a service that provides advice to pilots and tells them what to watch out for.”

Bos compares the two to driving up to a traffic light. “You see green, yellow, or red lights and know whether to go or stop. If you pull up to a yield sign, it’s up to you whether you go or not, which is like an advisory service,” he said.

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Airport wants $2M from assistance fund

Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. wants to tap about $2 million from a new federal program to assist Canadian airports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cash would help “soften the blow” of a steep drop in revenue the private, not-for-profit corporation has dealt with since last March, president and chief executive officer Terry Bos told The Sault Star.
SSMADC would split the federal dollars between the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 fiscal years.

The Sault is just one of only two regional airports in Canada that don’t have ties to municipal or regional governments. The airport must raise its own revenue through user fees, leases, parking and improvement fees to cover operational and capital expenses.

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Terry Bos calls for government intervention to aid airport recovery

Passenger levels at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport remain at record lows as the facility continues to grapple with travel restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

In January, passenger traffic was down 89.3 per cent from the previous year and down 89.8 per cent for the fiscal year between April 2020 and January 2021.

Air traffic movements have also seen a drastic reduction from the previous year’s levels.

In November, there were 3,684 aircraft movements, a reduction of 18.7 per cent from the previous year.

That’s an improvement from April, however, when traffic was at its lowest, with 575 movements, a decrease of 91 per cent from April 2019.

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Conflicting messages on future of Sault airport

SAULT STE. MARIE — The union representing air traffic controllers is sounding the alarm over layoffs at regional airports, including the Sault Ste Marie Airport.

The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association said Friday tower closures are a serious public safety concern, with the association’s president questioning why NAV Canada would close the Sault Airport’s tower.

“It’s even in NAV Canada’s documentation, the threshold to close a tower is around the 60,000 movement mark – Sault Ste Marie is above the 60,000 movement mark,” said Doug Best. “That’s why we don’t quite understand why Sault Ste Marie is actually on the cutting block.”

However, airport CEO Terry Bos said no air traffic controllers have been laid off and a service review is underway by NAV Canada.

“They have not made a decision or recommendation on the status here,” said Bos.

“We do understand and we are aware that they have issued vulnerability notices to their employees as part of the process. The process itself does not finish until, I believe, March or April. And it’s May or June before they bring a recommendation to Transport Canada.”

Bos said Transport Canada has the final say on the future of the air traffic control tower.

Meantime, NAV Canada says the outcome of its service review is in no way predetermined.

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Review could see air traffic control removed from Sault airport

SAULT STE. MARIE — Sault Ste. Marie’s airport could soon see its air traffic control service altered or removed.

Navigation Canada, the non-profit organization in charge of operating towers at airports across the country, has launched an assessment to see if continuing service is warranted.

“That could result in reduced hours or a switch to an advisory service,” said Terry Bos, CEO of the Sault’s airport.

Bos said an advisory service would be less than ideal for the airport, making landing and taking off much more challenging.

“That’s more like if you’re driving around and you hit a yield sign, you determine what you’re going to do and you go,” he said. “So the controller tells people what to do, the advisor just basically gives them advice and they have to kind of figure it out amongst themselves.”

 

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Petition aims to annex west-end Sault property for Prince Township

The issue could also affect the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. President and CEO Terry Bos said the board did receive information on the petition and is currently completing its due diligence before making any decision as to whether it will support the petition.

At issue are tax dollars and the need to diversify its operations to remain self sufficient, Bos said.

He admits the Horizon Landing development – which would be much-needed revenue for the airport, and a 40 per cent reduction of tax bills, are important factors for the board to consider.

Alternatively, he said he understands that Prince Township might be forced to raise its taxes if it needs to provide additional services, or faces higher contract fees if the relationship with the City of Sault Ste. Marie changes.

 

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Porter Airlines adjusts planned restart date to March 29

Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until March 29 due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights. We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.

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Airport expects long wait for passengers

Sault Ste. Marie Airport projects it’ll take five years for passenger numbers to return to volumes seen prior to the pandemic.

The airport will come “pretty close” to hitting about 210,000 passengers in 2024-2025 before finally returning to pre-COVID-19 numbers in 2025-2026.

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Airport wants air traffic controllers to stay

Sault Ste. Marie Airport wants flight-control service at its site to be maintained because of an expected return to pre-pandemic traffic levels followed by additional growth driven by an expanded Sault College flight training program.

NAV Canada, the private, non-profit corporation responsible for air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information, is reviewing service levels at six Canadian airports, including the Sault.

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Sault airport cuts more than 40 per cent of jobs (updated)

Airport CEO Terry Bos confirmed to SooToday that eight of the nine cuts to staff are permanent.

Bos says the positions that have been reduced are equipment operators and administrative staff.

The corporation employed 22 people pre-pandemic, including five winter seasonal workers. They’re now down to 14, including one part-timer.

When asked if this would impact airport operations, Bos stated that it has had an impact on winter operational hours.

The airport CEO also confirmed that despite a reduction in air traffic, air traffic control is currently still operational at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

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Pandemic pains leave Sault airport CEO with 'tough decisions' ahead

When Terry Bos perused the almost $800-million federal aid package rolled out for the struggling aviation sector, he read little that provided him with a sense of relief.

“There, in essence, is nothing for regional airports,” said the CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation in summing up the air sector package released in the federal Fall Economic Statement in early December.

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Santa Claus Parade saw 1000+ cars

Airport officials say 1030 cars rolled through the airport to salute the OPP, Fire Services from both Prince Township and the Soo, Paramedic Services, Anishnabek Police Services, Canada Border Services, Sault Area Hospital and even Dash from the Soo Greyhounds.

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Council ignores request by developer to support minister's zoning orders

SalDan Developments Ltd. Is proposing a $70-million housing developments on lands currently owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. and other property formerly proposed as the contentious Pointe Estates subdivision.

The developer was asking city council to support its request to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to enact a minister’s zoning order for the rezoning of the lands to be developed as a mixed-used residential subdivision with affordable housing.

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Santa to visit ‘frozen parade’ at Sault Airport

Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. will host a “frozen parade” this Saturday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sault Airport.
The parade is a salute to first responders for what they do, especially this year dealing with COVID-19, says a media release from the corporation. The parade also offers a chance to see Santa, who has been invited to the event.
This is a “drive-through parade” because of the coronavirus restrictions, the release says. Visitors should drive through at slow speed, never stopping and remaining in their vehicles at all times.

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Porter Airlines adjusts planned restart date to Feb. 11

The Give Hope Wings expedition created awareness for the charity and raised $122,056 to provide 488 flights for patients in need. Flights are especially important for patients who live in these areas who would have to drive or take a bus for several hours each way to reach specialists. Last year, Hope Air provided more than 13,000 travel arrangements to help Canadians, including commercial flights and flights with volunteer pilots. Previous Give Hope Wings expeditions have raised a total of $770,000 to fund more than 3,000 flights.

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Air Canada Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Today’s results reflect COVID-19’s unprecedented impact on our industry globally and on Air Canada in what has historically been our most productive and profitable quarter. From the outset, we have made the health and safety of our customers and employees our chief concern. Our airline has been a leader in introducing progressive layers of protection, such as our comprehensive suite of biosafety measures, Air Canada CleanCare+, and we continue to explore new technologies and processes to further assure travellers and regulators

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Air Canada to drop to one flight a day to Toronto

In the midst of the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic and an increase of cases in Ontario, Air Canada is dropping one of its daily flights between the Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto.

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The SSMADC is proud to support Hope Air, a unique national charity that arranges free flights for Canadians who are in financial need & must travel to access health care.

The Give Hope Wings expedition created awareness for the charity and raised $122,056 to provide 488 flights for patients in need. Flights are especially important for patients who live in these areas who would have to drive or take a bus for several hours each way to reach specialists. Last year, Hope Air provided more than 13,000 travel arrangements to help Canadians, including commercial flights and flights with volunteer pilots. Previous Give Hope Wings expeditions have raised a total of $770,000 to fund more than 3,000 flights.

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Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until December 15 due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights. We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.

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Airport Continues To See Record Low Passenger Volumes

Terry Bos President and CEO of the SSMADC stated “As a result of the pandemic, revenue for fiscal year 2020/2021 is expected to drop over $2.0M operational revenue or 57% and $1.5M capital revenue or 74%.  With the recovery period being projected to be even longer then first feared a number of difficult decisions needed to be made to better align expenses, which a number of expenses are fixed, with the projected revenue.  Workforce reductions impacted total to date 45% of employees”

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Weighty decisions ahead for Sault airport, faced with precipitous drop in air travel

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation has experienced an overall 92 per cent drop in passenger traffic over the last six months since the onset of the pandemic in April.

The private not-for-profit corporation released passenger and aircraft movement numbers for September, showing an 83.4 per cent drop in passenger numbers and 81 per cent fewer flights compared to the same time in 2019.

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APH confirms new case of COVID-19 in Algoma

Algoma Public Health (APH) confirmed another new case of COVID-19 in the Algoma District.

The report issued by APH states, “Anyone who travelled on Air Canada flight 8317 on Sept. 22, 2020, seated in rows 4-8 inclusive should contact Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404 (toll-free 1-866-892-0172, ext. 5404) or their local public health unit.”

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Pilots, patients, join forces at Sault Airport for flying fundraiser

A group of Hope Air pilots and patients/clients greeted each other at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Thursday morning, as Hope Air pilots are currently flying across northern Ontario and Quebec Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 to raise awareness and funds for Hope Air in a flying fundraiser named Give Hope Wings.

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Airports in Sudbury, across North seek government help to cope with COVID-19

Indeed, many other Northeastern airports saw a similar decline in the second quarter of the year — North Bay down 99 per cent (216 flights, compared to 19,614 in 2019); Sault Ste. Marie down 99 per cent (572 compared to 55,537); and Sudbury down 92 per cent (4,634 compared to 61,186).

Not surprisingly, those airports have also taken a hit financially. Sault Ste. Marie faces an operational deficit of $450,300, compared to a profit of $515,590 in 2019, while North Bay has a deficit of $200,199, compared to a profit of $99,394 the previous year, and Timmins has a deficit of $853,000, compared to a profit of $90,000 in 2019.

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Airport not expected to recover from COVID-19 until 2024, council learns

The COVID-19 pandemic has so far cost Sault Ste. Marie Airport more than $3.3 million, Ward 3 Coun. Matthew Shoemaker says.

“It has dropped from 214,000 passengers last year to less than 65,000 this year,” said Shoemaker, indicating the statistics were provided to him by airport officials.

“Recovery is not expected to hit the levels they were at in 2019 until 2024. They’re looking at four more years of decreased revenue.”

“As a result of the cutbacks from their loss of revenue, they have reduced their staffing levels 45 per cent or 8.5 full-time positions.”

“It is a resource we need in order to be able to connect to the world outside, not just our municipal borders but also outside our national borders.”

 

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Sault airport embraces uptick in August passenger traffic

Regular passenger levels aren’t expected to return to Sault Ste. Marie Airport until 2023 or 2024 as travelers slowly return to air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The prolonged downturn will strain Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp.’s finances, prompting its president and chief executive officer to call for help from the provincial and federal governments.

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Porter Airlines flights to restart November 12

Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until November 12 due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.
We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights. We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.

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Feds watching aviation sector 'very closely'

Sault Ste. Marie Airport wants financial help from the federal government to ride out a major drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Transport Canada spokesperson says the federal ministry is in touch with airports and watching what’s happening in the “hard-hit” aviation sector very closely.

 

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Airport wants to land government help

Regular passenger levels aren’t expected to return to Sault Ste. Marie Airport until 2023 or 2024 as travelers slowly return to air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The prolonged downturn will strain Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp.’s finances, prompting its president and chief executive officer to call for help from the provincial and federal governments.

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Porter Airlines flights to restart November 12

Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until October 7 due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.
We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights. We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.

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Sault Airport traffic still at record lows

Passenger numbers and aircraft movements through the Sault Ste. Marie Airport were up marginally in July, but still remained at record lows due to the pandemic.
The airport development corporation recorded 2,112 passengers through the terminal last month, down 88.8 per cent from the last month last year.

 

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Upgrades on hold, hotel plan up in the air as pandemic continues to impact Sault airport

Airports and airlines across the world were hit by unprecedented turbulence when COVID-19 appeared on the radar.
Prior to COVID, Sault Ste. Marie’s airport had some lofty plans in the works.
A story in the March 2020 edition of Northern Ontario Business said the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. was planning a $5-million multi-stage upgrade of airport amenities, including a redesigned parking lot, the construction of a new hotel and possibly a new flight-training business.

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Air Canada To Increase Flights In Sault Ste. Marie

As the Sault Ste. Marie Airport continues to monitor developments related to the spread of Covid-19. Air Canada will be increasing flights to Sault Ste. Marie as of Monday August 10.
Air Canada returned to Sault Ste. Marie on June 24th but only offering 1 daily flight Monday- Friday. Now, Air Canada will be offering two daily flights 7-days a week.

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440 travelers passed through the Sault Airport in June

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is reporting that 440 passengers passed through in the month of June.

This marks a significant increase from the 132 total passengers reported to have travelled through the Sault in April and May combined, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak.

In a press release issued today, the airport’s development corporation stated that it has seen record-low passenger levels over the last three months.

 

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What to expect at the Sault Airport

Airports are taking a tough hit from Covid-19 and as flights are starting to take off a little bit more, there are a few things to expect when you fly out of Sault Ste. Marie Airport. The Sault Airport has made adjustments to help keep passengers safe during Covid- 19.

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Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until August 31

Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until August 31, one month later than previously scheduled, due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.
We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights. We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.

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Sault Ste. Marie Airport Reopens it's Doors

As more passengers return, officials at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport say things will look a bit different than before.

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Feds keeping eye on aviation sector

Transport Canada is watching how Canadian airports are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. is counting on cash from the federal government to help with a dramatic loss in revenues due to novel coronavirus. Air Canada and Porter Airlines have suspended flights to the city.

Pandemic forces cash crunch at airport

Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp. is burning through its cash reserves as its revenue sources dramatically dry up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SSMADC has already drawn “a fair amount” from its reserves to cover expenses in April and May when passenger numbers plunged to 63 and 69, down more than 99 per cent from 2019 volume, said president and chief executive officer Terry Bos.
Porter Airlines and Air Canada suspended flights from the Sault to Toronto in late March and early April. Air Canada restarts service on June 22 with one flight each weekday. Porter plans to resume flights on July 29. Only Bearskin Airlines offered Sault service during the pandemic.

 

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Sault airport boosting safety measures as flights set to return

As passenger service starts to ramp back up at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, the facility’s development corporation said it is boosting safety to ensure the safety of travellers and employees.

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Air Canada suspends flights between the Sault and Toronto

Air Canada has announced that as of Thursday, April 2, all flights between Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto will be suspended until April 30, 2020.

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Sault Ste. Marie Set to Host 35th ACMO Convention

We are excited to announce that our 35th Annual Convention is set to take place at the
Water Tower Inn in Sault Ste. Marie, October 4-7th, 2020.
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New hotel included in Sault Ste. Marie Airport expansion plans

SAULT STE. MARIE — Major changes are coming to the Sault Ste. Marie airport, as part of multi-million dollar project.
Highlights of the major expansion include the potential of a hotel being built in the area.
“Somebody wants to take an early 6 a.m. flight and not get up extremely early for it, well you’ll be able to,” said Terry Bos, President and CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation.

What's Behind The Wall?

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is under construction to make way for a new and improved airport experience, with a BRAND NEW Air Canada counter! The renovations will continue through the month of February 2020. A temporary Air Canada counter is set up to the left of the Porter counter in the terminal. Stay tuned for the final reveal!

Terry Bos

Terry Bos Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Airport Management

Terry Bos has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

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SSM Airport Development Corporation Carries Out Annual Strategic Planning Session

During a recent strategy session held on October 20th 2018, the Board of Directors and Management Staff of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC), along with Business Development support team from Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) 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, including trends, risk factors, and pilot shortage. Following the presentation a strategic planning exercise was carried out with input from the presentation provided, as well as management staff presentations. The planning areas covered were current and future infrastructure needs, potential partnerships, and becoming an aviation hub. The board was assisted by Jody Rebek DiCerbo, VIVE (Management Consulting and Events).

Joe and Terry give Lake State students the 101 on employer/employee relations

Joe Krmpotich and Terry Bos shared their extensive knowledge and experience with students at the Lukenda School of Business Senior Class on Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining.

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Airport builds 'critical mass' before lift off!

Terry Bos wants to welcome more businesses to Sault Ste. Marie Airport. Bos, president and chief executive officer of Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp., is keen to land an aircraft paint shop that can be based near JD Aero Maintenance. Estimated employment would be up to 50 jobs.

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Shabby Motley The New Food and Beverage Operator at Sault Airport

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) would like to welcome Shabby Motley Café to the Sault Ste. Marie Airport family.

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Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation Awarded Business of the Year by Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce!

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) took the Business of the Year Award (in the 10 to 25 employees category)

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Airport Sets Record!

Up, up and away.
Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corp., set a passenger level record for December, with 18,576 passengers flying to and from the airport in December, a 3.23 per cent increase over December 2016 — the best December in the airport’s history.

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).