Chartered flights to New York from Lake Simcoe Airport start
CWT Vacations/Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd will begin offering
one-stop (Peterborough) chartered flights to New York City from Lake
Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA) starting with the inaugural weekend
package Sept. 24-27, 2020, at a cost $1,692 per person (including tax).
Earlier this year, Simcoe County agreed to pay $5.18 million for 70 per
of the LSRA to boost its total stake to 90 per cent. Barrie
will receive $3.7 million for 50 of its 60 per cent, leaving the City
with a 10 per
cent stake, and $1.48 million to Oro-Medonte for its 20 per cent share.
The airport services small recreational and flight training aircraft to
larger corporate, regional and commercial aircraft. It advertises
chartered flights to Toronto taking less than 20 minutes to arrive.
Additionally, it is fully serviced by the Canada Border Service Agency,
and holds Commercial Port-Of-Entry status, which allows the airport to
accommodate both international passengers and freight.
The County is set to spend approximately $40 million to undertake
airport improvements and the infrastructure
upgrades to service the 240 hectares (595 acres) of land, of which 58
hectares (142 acres) is marked for airside commercial development
opportunities and a
further 24 hectares (60 acres) available for non-aviation development.
It requires expanding the runway to 7,000 ft in length and
150 feet in width, and water/wastewater servicing to accommodate the
LSRA expects to make further announcements in the new year about other
travel opportunities that will follow airport upgrades.