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February 13, 2009

Report on Air Transportation Released

The Honourable Paul Oram, Minister of Business, today announced the release of a report on air transportation in the province.

The report, titled Setting Direction: Study of Air Transportation, Newfoundland and Labrador, was prepared for the Provincial Government by Atlantis Aviation Consulting in partnership with Aviation Strategies International, with the purpose of identifying potential opportunities to encourage greater air transportation capacity and enhanced levels of service for passengers and cargo to and from the province.

"Air access is a key factor affecting quality of life and economic competitiveness," said Minster Oram. "As a province, we must continue to explore opportunities that might enhance air transportation capacity in Newfoundland and Labrador, from the point of view of tourism, business and leisure passenger travel as well as cargo transport."

The report contains six recommendations that are focused on the potential for increasing air transportation capacity in Newfoundland and Labrador based on the province�s existing strengths in airport infrastructure, routes, and airline partnerships, as well as by investing strategically in activities and economic sectors that would support increased capacity.

The Provincial Government will continue to assess the recommendations put forward in the report. As part of this process, community, business, economic development, aviation industry and other stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the report and its recommendations to the Provincial Government.

"This study includes insight and input from key users and providers of air transportation services in Newfoundland and Labrador," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. "That insight is of critical use as government considers ways to improve air access in our province."

Delivering this report fulfills a commitment made by the Williams Government to explore ways to encourage more air transportation capacity and more direct and frequent air services in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"Our government is committed to identifying balanced, workable measures that address air access needs from a province-wide perspective," said Minister Oram.

Setting Direction: Study of Air Transportation, Newfoundland and Labrador can be found at //

Those wishing to submit comments on the report are asked to do so by April 3, 2009 by e-mail at or by mail to: Department of Business, c/o Air Transportation Study, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, P.O. Box 8700, St. John�s, NL, A1B 4J6.

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Media contacts:

Mark King
Director of Communications
Department of Business
709-729-7628, 699-3454

David Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 691-3577

2009 02 13                                                   11:05 a.m.

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