FBO conversion starts at Red Deer Airport in Canada


Construction has begun at Red Deer Regional Airport in Alberta, Canada, to convert the existing terminal into a full-service FBO.

The project is being run with Tucana Aviation, which has 30 years of experience in the aviation/oil and gas business and is an existing tenant at Red Deer Regional Airport. The company has been tasked with increasing the airport’s charter and VIP traffic, by the airport Authority.

Jim Freake, operations manager at Tucana Aviation said, “We see huge potential for both oil and gas companies and private aircraft operators looking for VIP service, while at the same time saving thousands in operating costs. We are truly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to helping grow the Red Deer Regional Airport.”

Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport said, “We are very excited to be partnering with Tucana Aviation and for the opportunity to further grow the airport by leveraging their experience and relationships.

“Focusing on service and making sure our customers have a positive experience while at the airport is extremely important to us, as we attempt to capitalize on an already thriving charter market currently running along the Edmonton – Calgary corridor.”

“The development of the FBO is a vital step towards growth at the airport. This, in addition to the recent unveiling of their land development strategy, and continued pursuit of scheduled air service, will ensure the airport is capable of achieving its vision of becoming the aviation gateway and a key economic driver for central Alberta,” Ingham added.

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