Kitimatian heads airport group

Kitimat’s Ron Burnett has been returned as president of the society which runs the Terrace-Kitimat airport.

Kitimat’s Ron Burnett has been returned as president of the society which runs the Terrace-Kitimat airport.

Burnett represents the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, one of the society’s four founding partners along with the Kitimat-Stikine regional district, the City of Terrace and the Terrace chamber.

Terrace resident Peter Lansdowne, a director at large, returns as vice president while regional district representative Curtis Billey returns as secretary-treasurer.

Also on the board are Terrace rep Charlie Graydon, director at large Steve Smyth who is also from Terrace, Kitimatian Bill Hickman who is a director at large, and Terrace chamber rep David Try.

Once saddled with a reputation as being an unreliable place to land in the winter, the installation of a landing system allowing pilots to come in lower before having to establish visual contact with the runway has turned things around completely.

The airport now has a landing completion rate of 99.7 per cent.

 

Close to $17 million has been spent on capital improvements since the society took over the airport from the federal government in 1998.