Case Studies

The Pas Airport

WASCO is contracted to act as Airport Manager and provide Technical Services to the Town of The Pas.

The Pas Airport is a regional airport located approximately 525km northwest of the Winnipeg International Airport providing twice-daily scheduled passenger service to residents of the Town of The Pas, the Opasquia Cree Nation and other surrounding communities. In 2017 WASCO was approached by the Town of The Pas to provide Airport Management and Technical Services to support the on-going management, administration and continuous development of the operation of the airport. The airport remains under ownership and operation of the Town of The Pas, with all staff except the Airport Manager being Town of The Pas Staff.

Due to the difficulty in attracting a qualified Airport Manager in The Pas and under increased regulatory pressure from Transport Canada, the Town of The Pas reached out to WASCO to identify an alternative solution. During this five-year contract, it is proposed that WASCO will appoint a qualified Airport Manager who will be based primarily in Winnipeg but will travel on-site as required to support the operation.

Main priorities for the Airport Manager include rectifying current regulatory deficiencies, primarily due to a lack of designated Airport Manager but also due to other Transport Canada regulatory findings. As a result, WASCO is tasked with updating all regulatory programs including the Airport Operations Manual, Safety Management System, Emergency Response Plan, Wildlife Management and Airport Maintenance Program. WASCO will also engage with Transport Canada to rehabilitate aging airport equipment and infrastructure through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) and continue to pursue passenger and revenue growth opportunities.

Although WASCO is capable of taking over the entire airport operation, this hybrid solution which provides experienced airport management services to supplement local resources while also maintain local control of the airport through the Town and Council. In the case of The Pas Airport, the core airport operation was solid, it was only missing airport management expertise which is now being provided by WASCO through the long-term services contract. There exists a number of similar examples throughout Canada where this hybrid airport management solution may be viable.