EVAS Air looking to move forward with flights to Winterland
Airstrip needs government certification for commercial flights
EVAS Air president and CEO Pat White was in Marystown on June 28 for follow up talks with council and members of the business community regarding the company’s plan to run scheduled flights from Winterland to St. John’s.
“We have given it some fair consideration back home, and we have made the decision to go forward (with the plan), and we sent a letter down to (Marystown Mayor) Sam Synard … stating that it is our intent to put a scheduled air service into (Winterland) once the provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has the airport certified,” White told The Southern Gazette by phone following the meeting.
The cost of the trip from the Burin Peninsula to St. John’s still hasn’t been focused on yet, White said, as certification is the first priority.
“Without a certified airport, you can’t put in a scheduled run, and therefore you cannot advertise your business or provide seat sale or that type of thing.”
White said it was a great meeting
“I am very encouraged by the level of commitment, the level of intelligence and the level of excitement for what we’re trying to do (on the Burin Peninsula),” he said.
“I do believe that these people will rise up, and I believe they will get the appropriate MHAs on side and they will go to government … and be successful in getting that airport certified.
“Government has no choice (but to) address this matter. The south coast of Newfoundland, the Burin Peninsula especially, needs this piece of economic infrastructure and transportation infrastructure.”
According to information found on Transport Canada’s website, an airport in Canada must be certified when it is located within the built-up area of a city or town, it is used by an air carrier as a main operations base or for scheduled passenger carrying service, or government considers certification is in the public interest.
Exemptions are issued to military aerodromes and those deemed to have an equivalent level of safety.
An aerodrome is any area of land, water (including a frozen surface) or other supporting surface used for aircraft landings or take-offs. Transport Canada considers only
In most countries of the world, aerodrome-certificate holders must satisfy regulating authorities that airport operating areas and immediate vicinities are safe, airport facilities are appropriate to the operations taking place, and
the management organization and key staff are competent and suitably qualified to provide flight-safety programming.
certified aerodromes airports.
Pat White of EVAS Air held a follow up meeting with members of Marystown council, as well as business and community leaders from the Burin Peninsula on June 28.