A change in aviation services at airport
There will be a special council meeting on Monday evening to deal with a single issue: a final vote on a plan to secure aviation services at Peterborough Airport.
The city is negotiating with local businessman Scott Stewart to take over as aviation services operator at the airport — meaning refuelling and de-icing planes, among other things — now that the longtime operator is about to retire.
Since 1987, planes at Peterborough Airport have been served by Complete Aviation Services.
A city staff report, released following a closed-session meeting on July 9, states that the city sought competitive bids for a new operator in February.
The plan was for the city to buy two buildings from Complete Aviation Services (one for $415,000 and another for $25,000) and lease them back to a new operator.
But when the city sought competitive bids in February, no one submitted a bid (even through several businesses had expressed
Next the city “began discussions in a non-competitive process” with Stewart, the report states.
Stewart co-owns Stewart Travel and has been offering charter plane trips for years from Peterborough Airport to locations such as New York City, Chicago and New Orleans.
The term of the lease would be for 20 years, states the staff report, with options for two fiveyear extensions.
The staff report states that there could be advantages for the city to have someone in the travel industry running its aviation services.
“This could bring further potential investment and growth opportunities for the airport in the future,” the report states.
The plan got preliminary approval from councillors on July 9; it needs a final vote before city council at the meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
There will also be a closed session general committee meeting at 5 p.m. to deal with a matter regarding either the acquisition or disposition of property on The Kingsway.