A change in avi­a­tion ser­vices at air­port

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JOELLE KOVACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

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

in­ter­est).

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.

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