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Landing fees waived to mark Canada's 100 years of Flight

 

To mark Canada’s 100 Years of Flight the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is waiving landing fees for privately registered aircraft less than 2,000 kg MTOW for the remainder of 2009.

Richard Koroscil, president and C.E.O. of the airport wants to mark the occasion by recognizing the contribution of aviators to our rich flight history in Canada.

“Hamilton’s airport was built on this site in 1940. It was a multi-use military training facility for flight training, air navigation, telegraphy and air gunnery. We’ve come a long way since then.

“Hamilton International Airport is now the largest multi-modal air cargo airport in the country. It also offers passengers more than 20 destinations from coast to coast with WestJet; flights to England, Scotland and Ireland with flyglobespan and seasonal winter charters to popular sun destinations,” Koroscil said.

Hamilton Airport is also home to The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM). Guests from around the world make the trip to visit this world class facility.

CWHM is a living museum featuring aircraft used by Canadians from the beginning of WWII up to the present. Itinerant parking is available at the museum for fly-in visitors.

Hamilton International Airport is implementing the no landing fees program in time for Flyfest 2009, taking place on the weekend of June 20-21.

Flyfest is a great weekend for aviation aficionados. It is one of the most popular annual events put on by CWHM. Tour the museum and view the visiting aircraft on display from Vintage Wings Canada, Canadian Forces, Russell Aviation Group and others.

The museum aircraft will fly throughout the weekend. Visit www.warplane.com for more details.

This announcement is a welcome step in the right direction to making Hamilton airport GA friendly. COPA has been reminding the airport management several times in the past ten years that there fees policy was damaging to GA.

In that period of time, several entities have disappeared from the airport, including the Hamilton Flying Club and a local EAA Chapter, largely due to the fees that were charged.

The recent move of the Canadian Aviation Expo to Hamilton, for which COPA is a major sponsor, highlighted how removing landing fees could improve the airport's attraction to our sector. COPA set as a condition of our sponsorship, that there must be no fees. We also suggested that there should be no fees whenever pilots are visiting the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The CAE show was a huge success and the airport management saw first hand how a friendly gesture such as eliminating landing fees can bring traffic in.

I encourage members to visit the airport and museum this year to show your support and, most importantly, to demonstrate to the management that we are sensitive to fees and will patronize airports who are reasonable in their approach to our sector.

Kevin Psutka

COPA President/CEO