Not only are airports major economic generators for the communities they serve, but to many of our partners airports also represent the lifeblood that provides essential services to northern and remote communities. WASCO was conceived from the idea that the team at Winnipeg Airports Authority has an expertise and passion that can be shared and leveraged beyond the immediate borders of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport to support the greater aviation community.
With this vision, WASCO was created.
Our first major undertaking was the award of the airport operations and management concession for the Iqaluit International Airport. Awarded by the Government of Nunavut, this 30-year Public Private Partnership was the first of its kind in Canada and includes the design, build, finance, maintenance and operation of the Iqaluit International Airport. Along with our team, Arctic Infrastructure Partners, Nunavut Airport Services Limited (NASL) – a wholly owned subsidiary of WASCO – holds the Transport Canada airport operating certificate and is responsible for airport management and operations for the contract period.
Since then, WASCO invested in other companies and partnerships, including Security Resource Group (SRG), Churchill Transportation Inc., Compass Transportation Consultants Ltd. and WASCO North. WASCO also has developed strategic partnerships with other corporations and agencies which help us deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to our clients and airport partners.
At the core of WASCO’s values is our commitment to communities and aviation. Not every community can be as lucky as Winnipeg to have a team of industry professionals committed to the prosperity and growth of our economies. WASCO can deliver the expertise, professionalism and passion for aviation to airports and communities of any size, anywhere.
It is this commitment to communities and aviation that enabled the Government of Nunavut to trust WASCO with the delivery of Safety Management Systems and Quality Assurance Programs to the twenty-four airports owned and operated by Nunavut Airports Division. Through this contract, these northern and remote airports now have the same level of safety management oversight and expertise as one of Canada’s 10 Airports.