And speaking of use-it-or-lose-it transportation, we note that Brandon and greater Westman residents have embraced WestJet’s commercial passenger service.
In Saturday’s Sun, we reported that the first two months of WestJet service at McGill Field have been deemed a success by the city’s transportation department and WestJet, in spite of the many challenges facing the tiny, aging airport.
Many of the daily flights out of Brandon have been full or nearly full, and WestJet spokesperson Brie Thorsteinson Ogle told the Sun that the aircraft "has been consistently operating at a high capacity" since the launch.
"The entire Westman area has been incredibly welcoming and they have proven the need for air service in the area," she said.
The city still has some work to do when it comes to revamping the long-neglected airport, however. Construction has begun on a single washroom in the departures lounge — which itself will expand by another 10 seats in the next few weeks.
But the big changes will come in a future airport facelift and expansion, the full costs of which will be tallied in plans to be released at the end of the year.
These plans will be vital to the long-term interests of this city, WestJet and any other commercial airline that may want to set up shop in Brandon in the future.
If commercial air service is to grow and prosper in Brandon, we will need a modern and comfortable airport to keep both customers and companies like WestJet happy.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 5, 2013