You will be able to fly right to the Big Apple from Simcoe County soon, with a new plan at the region’s airport.
Starting in September 2020, CWT Vacations will be offering chartered flights to New York City out of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA). As the transit hub continues to be beefed up through concerted effort from the City of Barrie and County of Simcoe, it is anticipated more travel agencies will come on board to present more destination options.
“The LSRA represents a world of potential for Simcoe County,” said County Warden George Cornell, “today’s announcement confirmed the sky is truly the limit when it comes to the future impact that the airport will have on our economy, tourism sector and the growth of our communities.”
Flights from the LSRA to New York City will be on Flight Air, a 156 seat 737-400, leaving Simcoe County on Thursday mornings, with a stopover in Peterborough, landing at the airport in Newark, with a return flight late Sunday afternoons. The number of passengers boarding at LSRA will be curtailed at first due to weight restrictions and the length of the runway, which needs to be extended. Public consultation and planning to extend the runway will begin in early 2020.
Scott Stewart, Owner/President of CWT Vacations says launching the New York City service is “to prove that passenger travel will work out of Barrie and Lake Simcoe Airport.”
Stewart says plans are in the works to add four to six new travel destinations in 2021.
In January of next year, the County of Simcoe will acquire increased ownership in the LSRA, and in partnership with the City of Barrie, will oversee growth and expansion at the airport. Long-term investments being made to increase the profile and profitability of the airport, including expanding the runway, and the development of a business park and infrastructure on-site.