Saskatchewan seeks direct flights to Europe
Representatives from Saskatchewan’s two major airports will be in Germany next month to highlight the province’s economic prosperity in an effort to secure direct flights to and from Europe.
The World Routes Development Forum, a three-day conference in Berlin that starts Oct. 2, brings together a number of airport, airline and tourism officials from across the world, and representatives from the Regina and Saskatoon airports will be there.
"Really what we are trying to do is get the word out about Saskatchewan, the economy here, the way we are leading the country, and in many respects the continent, in economic development," said Jim Hunter, president and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority.
Hunter said they will meet with 14 airlines in Berlin.
Hunter also said that this is the first step in beginning negotiations to get charter flights between Europe and Saskatchewan.
Meanwhile, figures show the number of people flying in and out of the province is increasing.
The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport handled 1.2 million passengers last year, an increase of 5 per cent from 2009.
The Regina International Airport saw 1.1 million people in 2010, up 9 per cent from the year before.