Nfld. & Labrador

Mayor not concerned about supersonic flight decision

The mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay isn't fazed by a defence department decision to not conduct supersonic flying in Labrador.

The mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay isn't fazed by a Defence Department decision to not conduct supersonic flying in Labrador.  

Mayor Leo Abbass doesn't think the base will ever be as busy as it once was, but he's happy to be told it's working towards becoming a training venue.

"From what we were told the base has a bright future, they're working to come up with that operational requirement," Abbass told CBC News. "As long as they're working towards that, I'm content with that."

Last week, the Canadian military withdrew an environmental application for supersonic flying at 5 Wing Goose Bay.  

Military officials have not officially said why, although CBC News reported they were unable to attract allied forces that want to carry out air combat training.