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Goderich Councillor Says Future Of Airport Needs To Be Decided

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Matt Hoy responds to recent survey, showing interest in flights between Goderich and Toronto Island.

A member of Goderich Council believes the time is coming, when the town will have to decide the future of its involvement with Sky Harbour Airport.

Councillor Matt Hoy was reacting to the recent release of a viability survey conducted by Fanshawe College's Institutional Research faculty.

The report recommends that the municipality look for regional air services to provide flights from Goderich to Toronto.

Respondents to the on-line and in-person survey found support for up to 10 thousand business and leisure passengers a year from Sky Harbour to Toronto Island.

Hoy says the time for surveys is past, and the town must decide whether to continue operating Sky Harbour.

He stresses the need for solid numbers on upgrade and maintenance costing, to support the use the Fanshawe survey indicates.

The bottom line to Hoy's argument is whether the town can afford to keep Sky Harbour.

He says Goderich ratepayers are footing the bill for the airport, which is a Huron County facility.

Similar surveys on Sky Harbour and Richard W. LeVan Municipal Airport in Wingham were commissioned by the County in 2017.

The Fanshawe survey was the result of a request from the County's Economic Development department to the town, to further investigate potential interest in passenger flights from Sky Harbour.

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