Trail lands airport ownership this weekend

The city will officially take ownership of the Trail Regional Airport this Saturday, the public are invited to attend.

Celebrating the City of Trail’s official takeover of the Trail Airport will take flight this weekend with a meet and greet.

The city will officially take ownership of the Trail Regional Airport this Saturday after several months of negotiations with its former owner, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

“The airport acquisition is a huge step forward for our entire region,” Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs was noted in a news release. “Economic development for the area is one of our top priorities and we hope the public shares our enthusiasm and our vision to move ahead.”

Cake and coffee will be served to passengers traveling via Trail’s Pacific Coastal flights Saturday; local media, airport staff and the public are also invited to indulge on site, where Trail council will be on hand to answer any questions about the recent acquisition.

Trail announced its $1.28 million plan to purchase the 4,000-foot strip from the regional district in December. The city is forking over the cost in two parts, with the first payment scheduled for Saturday. But $120,000 of the half payment will be held until the regional district removes two underground fuel tanks early next month.

Changes are ahead for the volunteer-run airport, which will have its very own manager selected from 20 candidates in the next six months.