Construction work has begun at the Red Deer Regional Airport in Springbrook, Alberta, to convert the existing terminal into a full-service Fixed Based Operator (FBO), in partnership with Tucana Aviation.

The partnership forms a large part of the airport’s future strategic planning with the airport commenting in the announcement that it marks a “vital step towards growth.”

An existing tenant of the airport, Tucana Aviation has a combined 30-years experience in the aviation and oil and gas business and operations manager, Jim Freake sees “huge potential” at the airport for oil and gas companies and private aircraft operators seeking “VIP service while at the same time saving thousands in operating costs.”

Tucana Aviation will be tasked with increasing the charter and VIP traffic utilising the airport, through marketing and collaborative efforts with the Airport Authority.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Tucana Aviation, and for the opportunity to further grow the airport by leveraging their experience and relationships,” commented Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport. “Focusing on service and making sure our customers have a positive experience while at the airport is also extremely important to us, as we attempt to capitalise on an already thriving charter market currently running along the Edmonton – Calgary corridor.”

Along with the recent unveiling of its land development strategy and continued pursuit of scheduled air service, the airport said the partnership will support it to achieve its goal of becoming the ‘Aviation Gateway and Key Economic Driver for Central Alberta.’

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