The air­port should be con­sid­ered an as­set, not a li­a­bil­ity

Seaway News - - EDITORIAL & OPINIONS -

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.

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