Castlegar Offers $350K Carrot To WestJet
Castlegar is dangling a $350,000 carrot in front of WestJet to try to entice the airline to come this way.
Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff along with CAO John Malcolm and local aviation expert Jim Gouk have made their pitch to the airline in Calgary.
And key to getting them to our region is an offer to spend $350,000 on the satellite technology software known as RNP (Requried Navigation Performance) that would give WestJet a big competitive edge over Air Canada Jazz. Chernoff says this offer is "huge ...and puts Castlegar above most communities in BC (when it come to the bidding."
The software in WestJet's new planes would allow them to approach the airport up to a thousand feet lower than Jazz in poor weather.
Chernoff is confident with their pitch and expects to hear fom the airline in the next few months.
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