During a recent strategy session held on October 21st 2017, the Board of Directors and Management Staff of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) received a presentation from one of Canada’s leading aviation economists Dr. Mike Tretheway on the current and near term future state of the aviation industry. Following the presentation a strategic planning exercise was carried out with input from the presentation provided. The planning areas covered were airlines and aircraft sizes, operational challenges and opportunities within the next five years, and non-airside development. The board was assisted by Jody Rebek DiCerbo, VIVE (Management Consulting and Events).
The strategy session took an opportunity to focus on some of the successes achieved since the last strategy session held in October 2016. These successes included the expansion of JD Aero and the relocation of Humphrey Aircraft Services to the airport. The previous year has seen stable passenger traffic with 211,711 passenger in the 12 months to September 30th 2017.
This past year has seen further capital investments into the safety and security and general upgrades of the airport of over $1 million. This brings the SSMADC investment into capital upgrades at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport since taking ownership on March 28, 1998 to a total of over $39,500,000.
The retreat provided an opportunity for the board to review these accomplishments and explore ways to further enhance the airport’s ability in meeting its challenges.