On Monday, May 2nd, 2016, the first Nextjet flight took off from the Peterborough Airport. The flight flew from Peterborough to Gatineau with a small selection of businessmen, reporters, and politicians on board. Two of these politicians included Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, and Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd.
Many of these passengers were active about the event on social media. Maryam Monsef took to twitter, tweeting out “37 minutes from @PtboAirport to Gatineau, a trip that usually takes nearly four hours. I could get used to this :).”
The Nextjet plane has available flights from Kitchener to Montreal, or Montreal to Kitchener, with stops in Peterborough and Ottawa/Gatineau. The route, and other information, can be found on the Nextjet website, www.nextjet.ca. Tickets are also available for purchase there.
Having a unique airline service such as Nextjet offered from the Peterborough Airport gives Peterborough the opportunity to flex their impressive aviation specializations and services. Some of these specializations include aviation skills being taught through unique schooling opportunities. For instance, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School offers an Aviation and Aerospace Special High Skills Major (SHSM) program. This program allows students to start specializing with planes and aviation while still in high school. Another of these unique programs is the Bachelor of Aviation Technology degree offered at Seneca College. It is the only aviation technology course of its kind in the country.
There are many businesses affiliated with aviation throughout Peterborough, as well. These include Aerospace Businesses, such as Airtech Canada, Flying Colours Corp., International Aircraft Support, JCM Aerodesign, Kadex Aero Supply, Safran Electronics Canada Inc., Sciens Industries Inc., Steelworks Design Inc., Toronto Avionics. These also include General Aviation Businesses such as Aerotrike Aviation, Angels of Flight, Amer and Associates, Complete Aviation Services, Loomex Group, President Air Charter, The Landing 27 Bistro, Vector Air Limited, WM Aero.
This airline will hopefully provide Peterborough with the opportunity for economic growth. It is a centralized location on the route that will become easily accessible by making trips that usually last hours shorter than even one, as Maryam Monsef mentions in her tweet.
The Peterborough Airport itself has been opened since 1969, and has had $35 million of investments into infrastructure improvements since 2010. Peterborough is ready for this Nextjet Airline, and the growth that will hopefully follow.
*Information about Peterborough’s Aviation services came from the “Aerospace: Peterborough, Canada” booklet by Peterborough Economic Development and Peterborough Airport*