August 11, 2014 - 4:50 PM
KELOWNA – Suncor Energy received permission Monday to continue to run their own airline for their employees out of Kelowna International Airport.
The energy company has previously been using the airport on an ad-hoc basis however the new agreement will allow the city to collect airport improvement fees at a rate of $15 per passenger.
Deputy city manager Paul Macklin says the oil company, one of the first to develop the tar sands in Alberta, employs around 12,000 people, several thousand of which live in the Okanagan.
“Using air service to transport employees is a means of expanding the available labour pool and accessing skilled labour quickly,” he says.
Suncor will operate between Kelowna, Vancouver and Edmonton on a scheduled, seasonal basis using three CRJ-900 aircraft.
Mayor Walter Gray called the approval “housekeeping” since Suncor already flies employees to Fort MacMurray from YLW as a charter service.
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