To celebrate the aviation sector’s contributions to Saskatchewan, the government has proclaimed Aviation and Aerospace Week, November 1st – 8th.
Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw notes the importance of aviation especially in the northern parts of the province.
“Aviation, particularly in the north, serves as a lifeline for communities that often have few other travel options, acting as the primary means to access food, medical supplies and appointments, and other goods and services.”
The ministry owns, operates and maintains 16 airports in northern Saskatchewan and air travel also has been essential during times of crisis to evacuate communities during forest fires and floods.
Since 2007, more than $10.5 million has been invested in Saskatchewan’s community airports. When coupled with 50-50 matching community contributions, the Community Airport Partnership program has generated more than $21 million in airport improvements. A total of 38 different communities have benefited since the program’s inception.
Saskatchewan Aviation Council President Janet Keim notes the economic impact aviation brings to Saskatchewan.
“The aviation and aerospace industry in Saskatchewan continues to be a key driver of economic growth and has been vital to doing business in the province.”
Several companies offer aerospace and manufacturing solutions with Saskatchewan being home of the NATO Flying Training in Canada program near Moose Jaw.