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It marks the last day of board service for our esteemed colleague Don Farrell. Don served nine strong years on the GIAA board, chairing the Finance/Audit Committee and serving on the executive as Secretary/Treasurer. A Chartered Accountant with 40 years of experience, Don brought strong financial acumen and a determined, no-nonsense approach to proceedings. He was also a lot of fun and a world-class story teller. Mr. Farrell, you'll be missed! Thank you for your contribution.
It marks the last day of board service for our esteemed colleague Don
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- Congratulations Don!
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- Congratulations Don...
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- Oh wow! Congrats to Don!!!
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- Congrats Don. Sweet God so long since we seen you. ❌❌❤️❤️
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- Congratulations Don! I'm sure you will be missed!
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- You'll be missed, and you'll miss it too! I did
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- Congratulations Don.
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- Congratulations Don
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- We will miss your expertise;your stories; your personality and an unwavering commitment to the airport!
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- Job Well Done from me and your former board chair Terry!
        
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~ Seriously, you need to do something about the price of flying out of Gander. – Joan, by email

Prez Says: When I have meetings with community groups and stakeholders, I often ask them this question: if you are eavesdropping on strangers in a coffee shop who are talking about the airport, what are they saying? One of the major themes is the price of flying out of Gander versus other airports.

The idea that airfares at Gander are less competitive than neighboring airports doesn’t hold up anymore. We monitor airfares at our airport versus neighboring airports. We do a web scrape every quarter that captures the lowest available airfare by airport over a 90-day period, which captures thousands of flights and all the airlines.

Most people don’t like Math, but here were the results for the scan done for the travel period Feb. 23-May 30, 2018.

Halifax-roundtrip: from Gander, average lowest available airfare, inclusive of taxes, $290. Average lowest available from St. John’s is $312, average lowest available from Deer Lake $284. In summary, Halifax roundtrip prices from Gander are $6 more than Deer Lake and $22 less than St. John’s.

Let’s look at Toronto. From Gander $478, St. John’s $524 and Deer Lake $479.

Finally, Calgary. Roundtrip from Gander $724, St. John’s $760 and Deer Lake $743.

I’ll see if I can get a graph put up in the comments as everyone loves a good graph!

You can see that prices for key destinations from Gander are actually the cheapest for two of the three destinations and within $6 on the other. Basically, posted prices from Gander, Deer Lake and St. John’s are relatively flat; all within $25 of each other.

Posted prices reflect how airlines are pricing the market. Obviously, if you go to book a flight, and the Botwood Blades girls hockey team and their companions have booked 45 of the 50 available seats on a specific flight, it’s going to show a higher price for the remaining seats. There might be a seat sale in one market and not the other on any given day. But the bottom line is the pricing airlines are putting into our market is generally very good.

If it’s the overall price of travel you are talking about, I also looked at average prices out of Gander ten years ago. Airfares to Halifax are $300 cheaper than then and Toronto is almost 500 dollars less. Today’s traveler at Gander Airport will pay about half of what they did in 2008.

In my nearly 15 years at the airport, I’ve pleaded with Central Newfoundlanders to give their local airport a shot, to consider the convenience of traveling close to home, the savings in fuel, the availability of the cheapest parking of the three airports, the added benefit of contributing to local jobs and the regional economy. I’ve pretty well beaten that horse to a granular pulp. Price rules, but I will say that pricing here is competitive. People will have reasons for patronizing other airports – some valid, some not – but it isn’t purely a pricing matter.

Like I said, few people enjoy Math. But let me put it this way. 177,000 flew from Gander Airport last year. I can tell you two things about those people with some certainty. One, they are amazing, and two, they aren’t all rich or have no regard for money.

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~ Seriously, you need to do something about the price of flying out of
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- I find it is almost impossible to get a roundtrip flight from Halifax to Gander! Maybe we need more seat availability. I would fly home more if I could get roundtrip through Gander.
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- I always fly into gander more convenient for sure especially if you live in central nf Air canada is my choice I usually fly twice a year sometimes more from fort Mac Prices are reasonable if you book early
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- Unfortunately the only choice for going anywhere significant from Gander is air Canada and not WestJet due to their afternoon flight only offer. Therefore when traveling to Florida from here one needs to go to St John's Toronto or Halifax then Toronto... And then get on that horrible Rouge cattle car down to Florida where anyone over 5'6" will be pinned in their seat for 3 hours. So for most destinations I agree that Gander is the best option... But I would like to see WestJet get good flight departure and arrival times here as well. One morning flight and one night flight would do it... Or a direct flight to Toronto in the morning and back in the evening/night. I also have a WestJet MasterCard where we receive a companion voucher once a year which is an incredible savings but when you can only leave here at 2pm is very limited how far one can go. Last year we flew Sunwing direct to Orlando and it was awesome. This year they aren't offering that anymore. Was very disappointed with that.
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- Well for starters, I don’t think there is much that can be done at the airport level when it comes to pricing on flights. Secondly, I find it pretty reasonable to fly out of Gander, it’s the flying in that we find expensive. But once you factor in the cost of travel to and from the other provincial airports, it really isn’t any cheaper to fly into one of those instead either.
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- Should your figures have been based on information from Feb - May 2017 instead of 2018. Just asking.
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- For the last 20+ years, I had been booking travel regularly, usually for me or a student dependent. For the first 5-8 years, I booked St John's when the difference in airfare was >$250.00. Anything less than that wasn't really a savings and certainly not worth the additional travel time. That happened about half the time. I have not had to do this in the last 15 years or so. Granted, to get a good price from any airport, you have to keep track and grab a seat when you see a price you are willing to take. Homework done, I find it funny that folks still hang on to the 'it's so much cheaper' thinking.
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- We always travel out of Gander! Westjet’s new schedule with one flight per day in the afternoon makes it impossible to get to connecting flights for the US or out west, without an overnight in Halifax or Toronto. Despite their competitive rates with Air Canada, forking our $200 each way for a hotel room isn’t a savings. People need to do the math on travel to St. John’s and a possible overnight in hotel. Even if St. John’s was a cheaper departure, the extra funds you have in gas, food and hotel can add up. I will always fly Gander. Nothing better than coming off the flight and coming home. Instead of a hotel room and then a long drive. No thank you 🙂 keep sharing stats! Fly Gander
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- I’ve never flew out of gander this summer deer lake was $1000 cheaper for our family and same last time flew out of St. John’s still much cheaper ...
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- I just finished checking flights for my upcoming trip and Gander is less expensive than YYT and a whopping 6 dollars more than Deer Lake. I use Gander all the time and will continue to do so.
        
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It's #TBT! Ferry command pilots discussing Atlantic weather at Gander (then Newfoundland) Airport, 1941.
It's #TBT! Ferry command pilots discussing Atlantic weather at Gander
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- Snapped this gem this past summer at Juno Beach Centre.
        
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Every airport has arrivals and departures and today is the final day for airport authority Vice-Chairperson, Robert Downey, who completed the maximum nine years of board service.

Every board covets knowledgeable, free-thinking individuals who do not lack courage of conviction; who aren’t afraid to offer a contrarian opinion and put the interests of good governance above all. Bob held all of those skills. He was an effective, influential leader around the airport board table and can take a lot of pride in shaping Gander International Airport as it exists today. Bob also had a gift for making every situation that bit more fun.

A big thank you from the staff and management of the GIAA.
Every airport has arrivals and departures and today is the final day f
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Dr. John Haggie - Well done Bob! Thanks!
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- One of those persons who obviously saw and found pleasure in his Board membership and responsibility and we will miss his big presence both figuratively and literally!
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- Bob I am still available to help you with your golf
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- Congrats! What a great tribute
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- Another retirement under your belt. Well done Bob!
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- Congratulations Dad!! Xoxo
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- Congratulations Bro. Job well done. Cheers
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- Congrats dad! Xoxo
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- Congs Bob now you have more time for coffee All the best Dave G
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- Enjoy the freedom Bob!!
        
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A big thank you to our airlines and all the people who chose to #FlyGander last year. Your patronage and loyalty are most appreciated. http://www.ganderairport.com/?p=1601
3% GROWTH IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC AT GANDER AIRPORT
        
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This is the first time we've seen this vintage image. Thanks for sharing!
The Golden Age Of Air Travel
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- I’d love to see more photos of the airport from the 60’s & 70’s! It reminds me of Mad Men.
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- I loved going to the airport it was so cool
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- Wow, yes, great vintage image! The Golden Age Of Air Travel never disappoints!
        
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Heidi Hefford shared a great video of the Boeing 787-10 tester undertaking flights at YQX over the weekend. It was as cold as it looks. Thanks, Heidi!
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- 😮
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- To cold to be up there Heidi
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- Big plane...nice to see any type of interest like this in Gander. Has a great airport and runways
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- Jérémy Lamontagne
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- Keelan Watkins. You saw that plane
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- Very strange shape for a 737 Max! Looks more like a 787-10 to me...
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- 787-10
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- This is actually the 787-10, not 737 max
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- What brings the plane to Gander? Quite a distance away from the assembly line.
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- they are testing the plane in cold weather?
        
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We wanted to advise our valued customers that we have successfully juiced the complementary wi-fi in our terminal.

Under heavy demand periods, our wi-fi occasionally operated at a speed to rival a molasses-soaked glacier.

We know that internet access is the oxygen of our age. With this new investment, we hope the free wi-fi will perform like a Cheetah wearing a jetpack with a strong tailwind.

Now, those Youtube videos of sleepy kittens will seldom buffer, Tweets will be more fleet and the 36 identical Instagram updates your selfie-obsessed friend posted in the last hour will be there in all their #nofilter glory. Oh, and you can also keep in touch with friends and family and stay productive while you travel.

Thank you for your patience.
We wanted to advise our valued customers that we have successfully jui
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- I'm flying out today, but I can't get wifi while I'm waiting here in the departure lounge...
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- well... what a refreshing way to share the great service improvements. cool. i want to travel through Gander International Airport, alot.
        
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Aviation Academy for Scout Elves concludes today for those children whose Elves were called out for recurrent training. Elves spent time observing airline activity at Gander Airport, as well as sharing best practices. All scout elf graduates will return to their families this evening. Merry Christmas!
Photos from Gander International Airport's post
        
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25,000 aircraft will come and go at Gander International Airport this year. We welcome each and every one, but it's this one cargo flight that really sets our jingle bells a-ringing!
25,000 aircraft will come and go at Gander International Airport this
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- You made my 🎄
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- Love it, look forward to it every year for th3 Grandkids
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- Cute
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- Nice
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- Jason Ralph
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- Awesome !!!
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- That's cute !!
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- Simon Rolfe
        
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Airport Elf Flush Rivet, seen here overseeing the arrival of Air Canada Express at Gander International Airport, announced today that the aviation academy for Scout Elves is in session now through Dec. 24, inclusive.

Children are advised that their Scout Elf may be required to attend mandatory winter operations training, which could impact their ability to monitor children’s behavior.

“Many Scout Elves need schooling as part of airworthiness and recurrent certification,” Flush Rivet noted. “We understand some children will be disappointed that their Christmas Elf may be out of the home. Rest assured, these Elves will appoint a surrogate observer, be it a family pet or sophisticated hidden camera system, to ensure kids remain on their best behaviour.”

GIAA Airfield Supervisor Cory Winter is coordinating training in conjunction with Mr. Rivet.

“This year’s intensive program focuses on night operations in winter conditions,” Mr. Winter explained. “As such, low level circuits will be coordinated at night – long after children have gone to bed. Kids looking to catch a glimpse of tandem elf flying at the airport will be disappointed. The program will conclude prior to Christmas Eve, upon which all Elves will return to their families.”
Airport Elf Flush Rivet, seen here overseeing the arrival of Air Canad
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- Ginger was supposed to be back last night. She never came home. Maybe she failed and had to do a retest.
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- Crysta Lee Button 😂😂😂
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- This. Is. Awesome. Thanks Flush!
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- Angie Fanceyey
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- Epic!
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- Tracy Keats-Denty
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- Hmmm I think the moose that lives at Pasadena Public Library might need some training too.
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- When I told my son his elf might go away for a few days. He said aw that's ok.
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- Awesome
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- Thanks Flush Rivet! Our elves will definitely be attending operations training!! 🎄🎅
        
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GIAA staff and family getting into the Christmas spirit. Food, bouncy castle, candy cane scavenger hunt and a very special guest.
Children's Christmas Party
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- Merry Christmas
        
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Each year the airport community comes together to adopt deserving local families for Christmas. It's one of our favorite Christmas endeavors. The GIAA staff contributes through weekly pay deductions, independent individual donations and a contribution from PSAC. The fundraiser also receives outstanding support from the staff at Environment Canada, Securitas and Allied Aviation; we really appreciate their generosity and, as a result, could help brighten the Christmas of three families this year. It is very sobering to see some of the very practical items young children in the program request on their list to Santa, and a strong reminder that Christmas is not a season of plenty for many. Thanks to everyone involved, including our campaign coordinators/shopping elves, Tina Slade and Janice Bath.
Each year the airport community comes together to adopt deserving loca
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- Very thoughtful of everyone. Merry Christmas to you all.🎄✈🎅👏
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- Great work! Merry Christmas!
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- Very heart warming and I’m sure much appreciated by the three families. Merry Christmas.
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- Christine Elizabethh
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- Miss you gals, once again you did an awesome job 👏👏❤️❤️
        
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The Gander International Airport Authority (GIAA) received a call near 1230 pm on Wednesday, December 13 that a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft was in distress during a flight from Moncton to St. John’s, with the nose gear stuck in a retracted position. The weather in St. John’s was challenging so the decision was made to attempt landing at Gander. The pilot was the only occupant of the aircraft.

Emergency responders from the airport and community were positioned while the aircraft burned off fuel and attempted a touch and go with hopes the nose gear would retract. When that attempt was unsuccessful, the pilot attempted final approach at 130 pm on Runway 13 with a successful nose wheel up landing. The pilot walked away from the aircraft under his own power while the aircraft sustained minor damage.

Transportation Safety Board has been contacted. The aircraft has been removed. The runway will be fully reinstated shortly.

All arrivals and departures at the airport are proceeding as per normal.
The Gander International Airport Authority (GIAA) received a call near
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Gander International Airport - Folks, while we appreciate the kind words, the first responders only did what they are supposed to do, and did it well. The pilot demonstrated an astonishing feat of airmanship under duress. Those who know aviation will understand this landing was executed with incredible poise and precision. We are all very grateful for the outcome.
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- Another example Air Div. have a solid trained pilot base with proven flying records. Congrats to the pilot.
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- Wow, look at the weather in the photo. Assuming it occurred during an IFR flight the pilot looks to have achieved the best outcome. Well done 👍🏼
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- Not newsworthy. No different than a car losing a tire. You pull over, and call a wrecker.
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- I watched the video Vince . Smart Pilot . He remained calm . Congratulations to this gentleman
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- Fantastic job, everyone. Absolutely professional airmanship. I cannot imagine the stress he was feeling between the time he realized the problem until he knew he was safe on the ground.
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- Our Canadian pilots are a very well trained bunch. So pleased he landed successfully.
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- Very happy the pilot is well and was able to accomplish this difficult landing ...great job as always Gander ATCs, tower and first responders!
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- Nice to see a happy outcome from what had to be a stressful situation. Great job by the pilot and the fine folks at GIA!
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- Glad everyone is ok . Great job by Ganders airport first responders .
        
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‪Gander Airport CEO Reg Wright takes questions after a presentation on Gander’s military heritage at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. ‬
‪Gander Airport CEO Reg Wright takes questions after a presentation
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- Reg for Prime Minister! 😁
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- Reg, you are about 20 minutes from me. Let's grab a cheesesteak!
        
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DEADLINE FRIDAY, DEC 1 4 PM NST

Interested in serving on the GIAA Board of Directors and playing a key role in shaping the future of Gander International Airport? We welcome applications from qualified individuals for a pending board vacancy. More info at http://www.ganderairport.com/?p=1377
DEADLINE FRIDAY, DEC 1 4 PM NSTInterested in serving on the GIAA Boa
        
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Question: I saw a post you had on social media that showed where airport employees live and was surprised with the amount of people who commute from out of town, especially the number from Gander Bay. Is there any reason? – Eric, by email

Prez Says: Thanks, Eric. At last count, almost half our employees reside outside of the Town of Gander. We hire for aptitude. In the case of two equally qualified candidates, attitude generally prevails. Where someone calls home doesn’t matter to us as an employer and we have had staff commute from great distances to work – some as far as Charlottetown in the park.

We currently have eight staff on the payroll from the Gander Bay area. I don’t know where it comes from, maybe there is a traditional gravitation toward airport work in Gander Bay. Perhaps because it’s a smaller, tight-knit community that our staff encourage others to apply here. Anyway, our staff from there are resourceful, multi-talented and natural problem solvers. They also seem to share that old school rural Newfoundland love for a solid day’s work. I don’t think you can generalize about people based on where they are from, but I guess we have that many team members from Gander Bay because there’s a good talent pool there who happened to apply. We once had a lot of employees from Gambo; it might just be a generational thing.

No mistake, we have outstanding employees from Gander, a great group from Appleton and Glenwood and other key leaders from the Lewisporte area. It’s a top team, regardless of where they call home. I’m fond of saying we attract the best talent Central Newfoundland has to offer. By the way, it’s not just the airport authority – there are plenty of other companies and agencies at the airport that draw staff from across the region.

Gander International Airport is a regional asset, run by the people of Central Newfoundland for the benefit of people of Central Newfoundland. I think it’s great that we are a regional employer. I honestly don’t care if our staff are from Aspen Cove or Atlantis, so long as they bring their best to work each day. Thanks for the question!

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Question: I saw a post you had on social media that showed where airpo
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This Throwback Thursday, let's get in on a little Speedbird action with BOAC.
This Throwback Thursday, let's get in on a little Speedbird action wit
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- "Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC, didn't get to bed last night..." :D
        
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