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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.
Further details to come!

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).