The airport should be considered an asset, not a liability
Dear editor: I must strongly disagree with Todd Lihou’s editorial comments concerning the Cornwall Regional Airport. There is an obvious inequality in the cost sharing arrangements between the City and the Township. However, advocating that the City should disassociate itself from the operation of our local airport is foolish. A City of 47,000 plus residents not including the immediate area absolutely needs a vibrant airport and it may never be a revenue generating operation but is still necessary for the future economic development of Cornwall. It may need a runway extension and this is where all our efforts should be directed in order to bring the Feds on side! Would you also advocate the elimination of the City’s support of our Marina 200 operation... I can bet that this is a real money maker, right? Your proposal makes little sense, no self respecting City of this size in the country is without a reasonably well supported airport. Consider Brockville, Smith Falls and even Massena... towns that are only a fraction of our size! Our local Economic Development department needs to genuinely promote our airport, not just give it lip service. Let’s see some concrete action here and see what comes out of it before we throw in the towel.