Edmonton

Airport proposed for Parkland County

Local investors want to spend as much as $25 million to build a new airport in Parkland County for flights and businesses that will be forced to move when City Centre Airport closes for good

Local investors want to spend as much as $25 million to build a new airport in Parkland County for flights and businesses that will be forced to move when City Centre Airport closes for good

Robert Gilgen, president of the Parkland Airport Development Corporation, is looking at a piece of land south of Spruce Grove.

"We feel that there's really a mid-segment of the market that's corporate and government and military ... and the medevac flights that will use this airport because its so close to the city," he said.

Robert Gilgen, president of the Parkland Airport Development Corporation, believes the site could handle corporate and government flights now flying out of City Centre Airport. CBC

Planning manager Paul Hanlon said Parkland County has nothing in its strategic plan for an airport, nor has it received a formal application.

The county already supports the Villeneuve airport in nearby Sturgeon County and councillors aren’t interested, he added.

"They are not currently interested in pursuing any sort of commercial airport within the Acheson or Parkland area," Hanlon said.

Gilgen still hopes to get all the approvals he needs to start construction next year.

Edmonton city council voted to close down City Centre Airport to clear the way for new neighbourhood development.

The province has announced that medevac flights will move to a air ambulance base that will open at Edmonton International Airport in March.

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