Regina residents are being given a chance to add their thoughts to the Regina International Airport Master Plan.
John Aston is the Director of Planning and Development for the Regina Airport Authority.
He says this is the first stage of the open house process and the group presented what the airport looks like now asked people attending what they think should be done to the facility for the future.
“This is a forward-looking, 20-year document that’s being prepared,” Aston said. “What is the present situation and what people see. The next stages of this will be alternatives for the future growth of the airport.”
Aston says airports across Canada are required to do this – adding Saskatoon has recently just completed some major upgrades.
“I’ve been to Saskatoon recently and have seen the many good things they’ve done there,” Aston said. “Part of my job as well is looking at other airports across Canada and the many improvements they have made. There’s been lots of dollars invested in airport infrastructure in Canada over the last number of years. SO we’re looking at those opportunities and what’s worked well and what hasn’t.”
Aston says not only is it interesting to hear people’s thoughts on the facility, it’s a strict requirement.
“It’s a regulatory requirement that an airport master plan be done every ten years,” Aston said. “That’s required by the Government of Canada for all the major airports in Canada. And it’s done with a 20-year outlook so that horizon is out there and we can look for what that growth will be over the long-term.”
He says it’s done with a 20-year outlook so the Authority can look for what that growth will be needed over the long-term