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Diverted flights won't enrich airport

Not-so-calm weather in Winnipeg diverted this Calm Air flight to land at the Brandon airport last week. instead.

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Not-so-calm weather in Winnipeg diverted this Calm Air flight to land at the Brandon airport last week. instead.

A few flights that were forced to land at McGill Field won't substantially change the fortunes of Brandon's airport.

The refuelling needed by the planes, which were diverted from Winnipeg to Brandon due to bad weather, would be covered by the flat fee that is paid to the city by the Brandon Flying Club. The non-profit club provides refuelling services at the airport.

The city did make a small amount of money from landing fees thanks to the diverted flights. According to City Manager Scott Hildebrand, who was responding to an enquiry from Coun. Jeff Harwood (University), the city expected to clear about $310 in fees.

Four planes from Air Canada, Perimeter Air and Calm Air spent a couple of hours on the tarmac in Brandon last Thursday, waiting for conditions to clear in Winnipeg.

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