The Comox Valley Airport, like so many businesses, is looking forward to putting 2020 behind us. The aviation industry started the year with a healthy outlook; however, the pandemic quickly dashed those aspirations.
We also faced the tragic loss of airport CEO, Fred Bigelow, our leader and friend. These challenging events have reinforced the strength of our airport family. We have grown stronger through collaboration, hard work, and compassion.
The airport staff were quick to implement procedures ensuring the passenger experience continued to be a safe one. Every business at the airport rose to the challenge and excelled. The enhanced safety procedures are now in place all along the passenger journey through the airport.
Thank you to all of the airport staff, and aviation partners for keeping our airport open and available for essential travel. The support provided by 19 Wing, and their highly trained military personnel, is always important to the airport's success but has become even more significant under the conditions created by the pandemic.
The airport is looking forward to a fresh start in 2021 under the leadership of the new CEO Mike Atkins. Mike is the former 19 Wing Commander and he is excited to begin a new chapter in his aviation career.
There is now hope in sight with the approval of vaccines, and the successes seen in rapid testing at airports across the country. We know that the challenges of the pandemic will pass and the airport is ready to return to a normal level of air service.
On behalf of the Board of the Comox Valley Airport Commission, and our airport family, I wish you all a very peaceful holiday, and a Happy New Year.
Comox Valley Airport Commission