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New Kamloops airport director hopes to continue the great work done by her predecessor

Passing of the torch. Outgoing Kamloops Airport managing director Fred Legace poses for a photo with tHeather McCarley who is taking over the job.
September 07, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - After 14 years at the helm, Fred Legace is leaving his post at the Kamloops airport and making way for a new director with over three decades of experience in the aviation industry.

Heather McCarley is the newly hired managing director and will officially take over the role following Legace's final shift tomorrow, Sept. 8. She landed the job after spending 22 years at Vancouver International.

"I started at a regional airport when I started in aviation 30 years ago so there's a place in my heart for regional airport operations," she says.

McCarley knows she is coming on board at an airport that is already running smoothly, and says her main goal is to simply pick up where Legace has left off.

"Fred and his team have done such a great job so I hope to continue that work," she says. "There are always opertunities to look at new developments whether it's commercial operations or additional routes and I'll be wanting to continue that."

Legace says it has been an interesting 14 years running the airport and says the development of air services during that time is his proudest achievement. Another big success he points to is that it's cheaper to fly in and out of Kamloops now than it was before he started. Of course, he isn't taking all the credit.

"To do that you need the entire community," he says. "You need a fantastic team of people here at the airport, you need the air carriers on board, you need the car rental people, the janitors. All of those people contribute to that sense that when a customer arrives here that they've arrived at a fantastic place."

So what's next for Legace? He says he is considering a career change and may be writing his insurance liscence in the near future. As for the near future, he plans to take some time off and see what is on the horizon.

"I don't know how it's all going to turn out, but it will be fun," he says.

For more on the Kamloops Airport, go here.

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