North­ern Air to launch White­court -Calgary air ser­vice.

The McLeod River Post - - Front Page - Spe­cial to the Post

The Town of White­court and Wood­lands County are proud to an­nounce that North­ern Air is ex­pand­ing its sched­uled air ser­vice to White­court.

It was an­nounced ear­lier in the year that the White­court Air­port, op­er­ated by Wood­lands County, would be ap­ply­ing to reg­u­la­tory agen­cies for ap­proval to pro­vide sched­uled air ser­vice. Au­tho­riza­tion has been granted, and flights will be­gin Novem­ber 5.

“North­ern Air is ex­cited to play a role in the growth and ex­pan­sion of this re­gion,” said North­ern Air Pres­i­dent Nate Hil­man. “As oil and gas op­er­a­tions in­crease, the need for fast, re­li­able trans­porta­tion will be es­sen­tial for those who call White­court and Wood­lands County home.”

North­ern Air’s di­rect ser­vice will pro­vide eight flights per week. Ef­fec­tively im­me­di­ately, book­ings can be made for flights through North­ern Air’s toll free num­ber 1-800-661-1911.

“From the per­spec­tive of Wood­lands County, North­ern Air will take our com­mu­nity a huge step ahead in the way we ser­vice our busi­ness com­mu­nity,” said Wood­lands County Mayor Jim Ren­nie. “We were al­ready the hub for en­ergy ser­vices in the Grande Prairie to Ed­mon­ton cor­ri­dor; and now for the Calgary to the north trav­el­ers we will strengthen as the cen­ter for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. For all our res­i­dents trav­el­ling to Calgary to meet with their com­pany head­quar­ters, they will be able to have both break­fast and sup­per at home with their fam­i­lies!”

“From an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment per­spec­tive, hav­ing this air con­nec­tion is vi­tal for con­tin­ued growth,” re­marked White­court Mayor Maryann Chichak. “If we want to con­tinue to at­tract in­vest­ment, in­crease the num­ber of jobs, and ex­pand our rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing the hub for oil and gas op­er­a­tions - we need to have di­rect ac­cess to Calgary.”

While the new ser­vice has been spurred by re­gional oil and gas op­er­a­tions, the trans­porta­tion link will pro­vide an im­por­tant so­cial and leisure link to those that call White­court and Wood­lands County home. It will be quick, con­ve­nient, and af­ford­able for those look­ing for a get­away, and will open up in­ter­na­tional travel op­por­tu­ni­ties and the flight op­tions avail­able through the Calgary In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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