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Pitt Meadows, BC:
The little airport that can

Newly acquired from Transport Canada, Pitt Meadows Airport is on the prowl for aviation-related business and scheduled flight services. The airport is the only aerodrome in the Fraser Valley located on the river's North shore. Abundant open space to expand, and a Board free of political connections will allow the new airport authority to make some major changes. With $70,000 allotted to refurbishing of administration facilities, and $250,000 to help with operating losses for the next two years, none are taking this acquisition lightly.

The land base is 750 acres at a value of $8 million plus. The seven member voting board consists of persons in Aviation, Economic Development, Tourism, Financial- Accounting- Non Profit and Risk Management, Law and Site Development. A three member nonvoting board will include one council member each, from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and a Katzie First Nations member. Communities served by the airport are Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge represent a combined population over 220,000.

Tourism is a huge draw, with Pitt Lake, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, golf courses, and pristine wilderness areas nearby. The Airport has three runways, ranging to 1310 m, the largest capable of handling small passenger jets. Currently Pitt Meadows Airport serves 3 helicopter operations and 75 private aircraft. There's also a fully serviced float plane dock (with water extraction facilities), and a flight tower operated by Nav Canada. The airport and surrounding areas are fully serviced with all city connections. A proposed bridge over the Fraser will connect with the Trans-Canada Highway and Surrey, Pitt Meadows Airport, cutting the drive time to 10 minutes. The community of Pitt Meadows is backing the airport 100 percent and its spokesman is Councilor John Appleton.Plans for a riverside business park, west of the airport are underway. For details contact John Appleton, Councilor, Pitt Meadows (604) 465 1267, fax (604) 465-2404.

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