Province to Meet with Yarmouth Airport Commission

Economic Development (to Jan 09)

September 5, 2002 5:54 PM

Economic Development Minister Cecil Clarke said he is
disappointed that Air Canada Jazz is planning to end its service
to Yarmouth. But he said he isn't giving up on regular air
service to western Nova Scotia.

"Sure this is disappointing, but Air Canada's decision will
create new opportunities for other, perhaps smaller, carriers,"
said Mr. Clarke. "I'll be working very hard with the area's
business community and my colleagues in government to find a
workable, long-term solution."

The minister will meet with members of the Yarmouth Airport
Commission on Sept. 10, at a meeting that was scheduled prior to
the Air Canada Jazz announcement. The agenda, which involves a
number of airport-based business development opportunities, will
be expanded to include alternatives for air passenger services.

"The Yarmouth airport provides a critical link for business
throughout southwestern Nova Scotia, and it's a critical part of
the area's economy," said Mr. Clarke. "I'm confident that by
working with the community, a new operator can be identified
before Air Canada Jazz pulls out next January.

Air Canada Jazz will cease service to Yarmouth as of January 4,
2003 -- the earliest date that the company is permitted to stop
service under the agreement that saw Air Canada take over
Canadian airlines in 1999.

The Tuesday meeting will take place at the Yarmouth Airport,
10:30 a.m.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Economic Development Minister Cecil Clarke says he's

disappointed that Air Canada Jazz is planning to end its service

to Yarmouth.

     But he isn't giving up on regular air service to

western Nova Scotia.

     The minister is meeting with members of the Yarmouth Airport

Commission on September 10th.

     The agenda involves airport-based business development

opportunities and alternatives for air passenger services.


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Contact: Mary Anna Jollymore
         Economic Development
         902-424-4998
         E-mail: jollymmt@gov.ns.ca


amc         September 5, 2002        4:51 P.M.