SHERBROOKE, QC, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Determined to get Transport
Canada to add the Sherbrooke airport to the list of airports designated
by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), elected
officials from eight regional county municipalities (MRCs) in the
region, took part in a broad mobilization effort this afternoon at
Sherbrooke's Grand Times Hotel.
"Of the 19 Canadian urban areas with a population of more than 200 000,
Sherbrooke is the only one not served by a national airline!" said
Sherbrooke Mayor Bernard Sévigny, when speaking to the prefects and
"The absence of commercial air service to major economic centres in
Canada is hindering the economic development efforts of our region," he
continued, before turning the floor over to Nicole Robert and Colette
Roy-Laroche, Prefect of the MRC du Haut-Saint-François, and Mayor of
"Functional airport infrastructure is essential to the development of
our region and our cities and towns, and the Sherbrooke airport is the
best located to serve the large area that southern Quebec encompasses,"
noted Nicole Robert.
The Mayor of Lac-Mégantic also delivered a vibrant plea for the
designation of the Sherbrooke airport. "After the tragedy we've
experienced, now more than ever, the airport has become a vital tool
for the development and recovery of Lac-Mégantic," said Colette
Roy-Laroche. "We must act quickly if we don't want to jeopardize the
future of our young people."
The mobilization activity concluded with the signing of a letter
addressed to Minister of Transport, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, by
elected officials from the MRCs of Sherbrooke, Coaticook,
Haut-Saint-François, Val-Saint-François, Granit, Les Sources,
Memphrémagog and Les Appalaches.
A major mobilization
Over the past several months, the Ville de Sherbrooke has also obtained
support from the 145 chambers of commerce that are members of the
Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, as well as from some 30
well-known individuals and representatives of major local and regional
businesses and institutions.
CATSA designation means that passenger and baggage security screening
services are provided in airports offering commercial air service. This
screening service then authorizes airlines to disembark their
passengers directly in the secure area of the airport of destination,
thus avoiding significant delays.
Currently, CATSA has 89 designated airports and maintains that it cannot
make any changes to this list. However, CATSA Aerodrome Designation Regulations were modified on December 23, 2004 upon recommendation by Transport
Canada, to remove from the list of designated airports, La Grande-3 and
La Grande-4, and to add those of Red Deer, Alberta, and
Rivière-Rouge (Mont-Tremblant), Quebec.
SOURCE: Ville de Sherbrooke