Airport deals well with turbulent weather

Paul Hutchings
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The Deer Lake Regional Airport saw three delays on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 due to weather situations in other airports, but so far this winter staff say they have only had one local delay, in spite of the early storm conditions.

DEER LAKE — The Deer Lake Regional Airport has only suffered one delay that originated at the facility since the harsh winter weather started a little while ago.

That observation was made by airport manager Jamie Schwartz while going through some airport figures.

On Thursday the airport experienced three delays as of 2 p.m., most likely because of the weather. But the delays, he said, were not because of the Deer Lake facility.

“We’ve been lucky so far, we had one bad morning (because of a storm) but otherwise we’ve been doing well,” he said.

“Our crews have been working hard, they get the runway cleared and they have to go out again when they’re done some days.”

As most residents know, winter weather started earlier than usual this year, with the first major storm starting in the first week of December. Some businesses were complaining that snow clearing was hampering operations but Schwartz said he is pleased with how airport staff has been handling the difficult situations.

In the next few weeks the airport’s yearly statistics will be released, but there is no word yet as to how the facility did in passenger traffic compared to previous years.

A record was set last summer when in August almost 40,000 passengers went through, making it the busiest month in the airport’s history.

Organizations: Deer Lake Regional Airport

Geographic location: DEER LAKE

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