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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Muskoka Airline Study

Muskoka | by Ken Hashizume  
Study being done to determine if Muskoka Airport can accomodate regional airline.

A feasibility study is underway to determine whether the Muskoka Airport can accommodate a regional airline.

The District of Muskoka and their tourism organization -- Explorer's Edge -- hired a consultant last month to do the study with the idea of having an airline in place in time for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

There have been rumblings that the District is in negotiations with Porter Airlines to bring their service to the airport.

District CAO Michael Duben says they first want to find out what it would take to house a regional airline at the airport.

He adds that could be any airline, not just Porter.

Duben says the Muskoka Airport currently has a new 6,000-foot runway that can handle jet planes.

But he says the airport is not equipped to handle a large number of passengers nor does it have the necessary security measures in place.

Duben says the hope is to attract visitors especially from the U-S to come up here.

He says if there is a regional airline service at the Muskoka Airport it will bring more people up to cottage country to visit.

The District and Explorer's Edge each contributed $20,000 towards the study.



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