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Friday, February 01, 2013   by: Staff



Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation carries out strategic planning session
SAULT STE. MARIE - During a recent strategy session held on January 18 and 19, 2013, the Board of Directors and management staff of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) carried out a strategic planning exercise covering areas of operating/capital expenditures, investment and business development opportunities within the next five years.

The board was assisted by Paul Ouimet, executive vice-president of InterVistas Consulting a multi-disciplined aviation, transportation and tourism firm.

Increase to the passenger traffic through the airport saw a historical record since SSMADC ownership began in 1998 shattered with major increase from a record low of 121,991 in 2010 to 187,554 in 2012, a 53.7 percent improvement.

This could not have been achieved without the support of the community, the introduction of additional airlines (domestic and seasonal), which resulted in an improved service in travel times to various destinations along with offering competitive prices.

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport also saw record aircraft traffic in 2012 with 65,941 movements an increase of 37.6 percent from previous year’s total of 49,767. 

This growth in aircraft movements is attributed to many things including increased airline movements from the airport tenant airlines and increased traffic for maintenance work attracted by JD Aero Technical who established at the Airport in 2007 and expanded to a two hangar operation in 2012. 

Flight schools at Sault College Aviation, Soo Aviation, and Eagle Feather Aviation also played a significant role in the increased activity.

In the last two years safety and facility improvements have been added to the terminal in the form of upgraded customer waiting and security lounges, energy efficient lighting, and a new state of the art H/Vac system.

In partnership with all levels of government, expenditures in the range of $3.5 Million have been invested in these new improvements.

Beyond the terminal improvements, major infrastructure expenditures were directed to improving the airport’s water and waste treatment plants, exterior LED lighting, and new construction of an airport hangar adding to JD Aero’s capability of servicing major airlines with over 50,000 square feet of enclosed hangar facilities.

This amounted to over $5.1 Million in expenditures.

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.

"Furthermore the strategy session provided an excellent opportunity to appreciate the accomplishments of successes, the areas that need improvement and setting in place the tools to implement a doable strategic plan for continued success. Not satisfied with the norm, the Corporation is committed to working closely with the community, employees, and tenant family focused on customer satisfaction and being mindful of the needs of Sault Ste. Marie and area residents,” said Airport CEO Terry Bos.

Upon completion of the strategic plan document it will be posted on the Airport’s web site.

Pictured from left to right are Jim Bresnahan, business operations supervisor; Dan Lewis, vice chair; Tyler Wilson, director; Terry Bos, CEO; Gino Cavallo, director; Paul Ouimet, intervistas; Joe Krmpotich, director; Allan Frederick, secretary-treasurer; Jim DeGasparro, operations supervisor; Gene Nori, director; and Pelham Matthews, director. 

Absent from the photo due to other commitments Jerry Dolcetti, chair; and Doug Lawson, director.

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fatafr 2/1/2013 11:18:26 AM Report

This sure sounds like some very exciting information that we are receiving here from our local International Airport. I certainly think that we should all, as a Community, be very thankful and jump on board and share in this enthusiasm. It even sounds to me like there is more good news to come in the future.

Congratulations to our Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation !!!
andrews 2/1/2013 11:53:31 AM Report

just imagine the income they would make if they would open the restaurant when there are people there!!!

Especially when the charters are leaving/coming.
rcssm69 2/1/2013 1:49:01 PM Report

This is not the Toronto Airport. Condidering the time between flights, do you really think it's a moneymaker to open and close a restaurant throughout the day? Your whole day would be spent travelling back and forth, or the other choice would be to just hang around until the next flight which could be hours. Best to put vending machines and leave it be.
Just Curious 2/1/2013 5:45:16 PM Report

Sorry people,,One person in the restuarant,a real ,live person,not vending machines. The staff in the airport would probably keep it going. Everybody bitches about service and not being able to get this or that or whatever when they want it but I have been there waiting for flights to come in and to be able to get something to eat or a coffee whilst waiting would be great..Sometimes you have to look past the dollar and cents thing and provide a service. I remember when they actually had a restaurant out there and it was great,not this friggin vending machine and impersonal crap...Are we running an airport or what??? The PUC donation to Algoma U would have funded the restaurant for a year or two..
roby2 2/1/2013 7:57:28 PM Report

And yet the employees that are responsible for handling the luggage and fueling the planes make min. wage or slightly over...something isnt right about that.
SaultJammer 2/3/2013 7:18:07 AM Report

@roby2 - and i bet your 1 of them eh?
SaultJammer 2/3/2013 7:24:52 AM Report

@roby2 - you should maybe look into running the restaurant yourself (or with a co-worker) as a secondary on-site job. You could open the restaurant when your not performing your regular duties. You could really make a few extra dollars for yourself.
rcssm69 2/4/2013 6:21:11 AM Report

Just Curious...
Get lost with the PUC donation okay!!! If you're going to say something, try to make it half ass intelligent!!!
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