Castlegar or 'cancelgar'? West Kootenay airport hopes to shed reputation with new study
The city has a study on how to improve landings and takeoffs at its airport
Castlegar's West Kootenay Regional Airport's reliability record is considered so low, locals have unaffectionately dubbed it "Cancelgar."
But the city of Castlegar is hoping to change that — and has commissioned a study on how to improve landings and takeoffs at the airport, where flights are frequently cancelled and delayed because of foggy, cloudy conditions.
Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff said implementing a new navigational design for arrivals and departures would drastically reduce the current height limitations. Planes flying in and out of Castlegar would also need to be upgraded.
"To me this is a huge driver to what we do for the economy of the West Kootenays," he said.
Chernoff said the improvements can be made, but will first have to be allowed by federal regulatory agencies and air carriers.
With files from Bob Keating