Last year, before we moved from the Lower Mainland to Trail, we took into consideration the flight services offered by the Trail Regional Airport. Being new to the area, I often hear the local fliers praising the merits of the Trail airport and how planes have a greater chance to land in Trail than in Castlegar.
Since our move to Trail, we have commuted to Vancouver on several occasions and feel grateful to have such a service available to us. Every time we have been on a flight, there were no empty seats.
During our flights, I have met travelers from the Vancouver area who were planning to spend time in the Trail area.
I strongly believe that the airport generates economic benefits for the community, ie: attracting visitors, transportation of goods, addition of service such as Medivac.
I fully support Trail Councillor Robert Cacchioni who voted against adjusting the draft budget. The airport is a real asset to the community and in order to increase its capacity, it is important that upgrades to the landing strip and reception area be considered, in addition to having a permanent paid position. This can only be accomplished by gradually making improvements.