Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wiarton-Keppel International Airport: Plan Rejected

South Bruce Peninsula council has emphatically rejected a proposed business plan for the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport.

Council voted 9-0 to dismiss the business plan intended to lay the groundwork for the future of the airport, which is facing multi-million dollar upgrades to keep its status as an international airport with Transport Canada.

Mayor John Close says his council and fellow co-owners from Georgian Bluffs council saw an early copy of the business plan last month, but had asked for the airport manager to add more detail before a final copy was submitted.

“It did not appear like anything was added, so at this point, quite honestly, I don’t think we can borrow a nickel on this business plan without [the airport manager's] input. And therefore, council has turned it back to the board for further improvements,” says Close.

Close says the options on the table for the airport are to maintain the certified status as an international airport, or could drop down to a regional airport, but he points out the runway needs to resurfaced no matter what, so they need to figure out how to finance it.

Georgian Bluffs council has yet to address the business plan, and it is not scheduled to be discussed as part of its council meeting Wednesday.

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