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Air traffic control tower service at Prince George airport will remain: NAV Canada

NAV CANADA confirmed today that it will maintain air traffic control service at the Prince George Airport.

Last fall, NAV CANADA launched 29 aeronautical studies in an effort to streamline its operations. Prince George was one of six airports where NAV Canada was looking at possibly replacing it with an airport advisory service that would provide updates on weather, runway conditions and traffic in the area but leave pilots responsible for maintaining a safe distance from other aircraft. The others were: Fort McMurray AB, Regina SK, Saint-Jean QC, Sault Ste. Marie ON, Whitehorse YT and Windsor ON.

After considerable consultation with airlines, airports, industry associations, local officials and internal stakeholders, NAV CANADA has elected to limit changes to services across the country.

NAV CANADA is committing that there will be no site closures at air traffic control towers or flight service stations across the country. In addition, the company will suspend aeronautical studies currently underway related to remote or northern locations until further notice.

“Stakeholder engagement is at the heart of NAV CANADA’s aeronautical study process,” said said Ray Bohn, President and CEO, in a news release. “The valuable input we have received indicates that a balanced approach is warranted as the industry navigates the ongoing pandemic. We are proactively taking these steps to maintain a consistent level of service as the aviation industry and our many partners shift their focus to recovery.”

The aeronautical studies, which are still in progress, will consider other alternatives to safely streamline operations, including changes to hours of operation. Aeronautical studies that were related to hours of operation from the outset or that are related to Remote Aerodrome Advisory Services will also continue, except for those pertaining to remote or northern locations, it said.

NAV CANADA will be undertaking a ‘notice of proposal’ process that will afford stakeholders an additional opportunity to provide feedback on NAV CANADA’s specific recommendations.  

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