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Chartered flights to New York from Lake Simcoe Airport start in September

Posted November 27, 2019

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).

The new chartered service was announced this morning during an event hosted by Simcoe County and the City of Barrie at the airport located on the 7th Line Oro Medonte, north of Hwy 11.

Earlier this year, Simcoe County agreed to pay $5.18 million for 70 per cent of ownership shares 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 additional employees.

LSRA expects to make further announcements in the new year about other travel opportunities that will follow airport upgrades.

All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri