Lift off! PEI is flying high, just in time for one of the most exciting years in our history
MRSB Group's Managing Partner Shaun MacIsaac on the importance of flight to Prince Edward Island and his new role with the Charlottetown Airport Authority
As a small province, Prince Edward Island is lucky to have quick and convenient access to the rest of Canada via two major travel routes. The Confederation Bridge has now been connecting Islanders to ‘the mainland’ for over 15 years, while the Charlottetown Airport experienced another record year for airport traffic in 2013.
As a business owner I believe that the Charlottetown Airport is critical, both to our local economy and to our way of life here on PEI. Our small airport offers big opportunities to local businesses and organizations in the way of national and international connections, not to mention the ease and comfort of travel experienced by Islanders looking to visit family or take that dream vacation. In many ways, especially with the growing globalization of the world economy, the airport is what links the Island to the economic opportunities that lie beyond our waters. It is also part of what allows visitors to enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds that make our beautiful home what it is.
2014 marks the fourth year of my involvement with the Charlottetown Airport Authority (CAA) and my first year as Acting Chair. The mission of this visionary organization is to be Prince Edward Island’s gateway to the world and to act as a catalyst for economic growth. I believe we can accomplish this through a set of strategic priorities and goals, which include enhancing existing air service to and from PEI, delivering the best ‘small airport’ service possible to passengers and engaging our local community.
Obviously 2014 is a very exciting year, with the 150th anniversary celebrations kicking off and predictions of a tourism boom that will benefit small and large business alike. As a PEI 2014 corporate sponsor, and an organization that believes in the importance of helping to make this event the best it can be, the Airport Authority is currently working with the airlines to increase access to the Island. I don’t think there’s much doubt that Prince Edward Island is the place to be this year, and we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to see what we have to offer.